February is American Heart Month, a month for raising awareness about heart health and the prevention of heart disease. The quality of air you breathe can not only affect your lungs but can adversely affect your heart. According to research by the American Heart Association, air pollution can trigger heart attacks, strokes, and irregular heart rhythms, especially in people already at risk for these conditions.
Air Quality Effects on Heart Health
Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air which come from natural and manmade sources. Car emissions, refineries, power plants, dust, pollen, and mold spores all contribute to poor air quality. Most people are only mildly affected by these pollutants, but for some people even short-term exposure can trigger heart attacks or strokes. You may be at greater risk is you have predisposed heart issues.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality can be caused by many different contaminants and can be reduced by having a properly maintained HVAC system. Without proper ventilation and HVAC system filtering, the buildup of pollutants can blow dirty air around the building causing poor air quality. Here are just some of the particles that can contribute to poor indoor air quality:
- Cleaning chemicals
- Carbon Monoxide
- Critters in duct system
- Cigarette Smoke
- Wood Burning Pollutants
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Improve Air Quality
There are several ways to improve indoor air quality:
- Change air filters regularly
- Improve Ventilation
- Have HVAC system inspected
- Invest in HVAC routine maintenance
- Clean AC coils
- Install air purifier
- Clean air ducts
- Reduce emissions from gas stoves
- Clean chimney flutes
A well maintained HVAC system will result in good air quality for you, your staff and patrons. Regular maintenance checks can also prevent harmful refrigerant leaks or potentially deadly carbon monoxide leaks. Consider having your HVAC inspected and maintained by Big Fish HVAC and Commercial Kitchen, your qualified HVAC professional.
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