Breathe In, Breathe Out Ensuring Indoor Air Quality

 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.  

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