Few things are as important to our health and well-being as the air we breathe, especially inside our own homes. That is why it is so important for individual homeowners as well as management to stay up-to-date on issues of indoor air quality and ensure that everything possible is done to provide a healthy environment.
Given the broad range of issues that can come to the fore, it is not always easy to control indoor air quality. Routine maintenance includes making sure the water filtration systems on air-cooled units are up to date, and doing “whatever is required by the manufacturer” to keep all equipment and systems running smoothly.
What Can Go Wrong
The two most common indoor air quality issues that can arise are “radon and damp indoor spaces,” says Jennifer Hammonds, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health Office.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is a natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found all over the U.S. and can get into any type of building, including homes. Although it can infiltrate a home through well water, it is usually found in basements, having leaked through cracks in a building’s foundation. The radon then gets trapped inside the building, causing what can be a build-up to dangerous levels.
Radon has no odor or taste, and can only be identified through special detection devices. It is vitally important to have a detection device in place because radon is a proven carcinogen. The EPA cites the U.S. Surgeon General’s warning that radon is, in fact, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Needless to say, preventing radon leaks is extraordinarily important in keeping air quality safe inside a home.