Many pregnant women are familiar with the popular pregnancy book, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and all the valuable information included therein. What many expectant mothers may not think about, however, is outdoor and indoor air pollution and their babies. Ensuring your home is safe for your baby can also include the air, and it’s important to verify your heating and cooling system is working properly. With Rescom Air Corp. in Tampa, Florida, we can ensure your home’s air is as safe as possible for when your baby joins the world.
It’s obvious that when you’re pregnant, you should avoid drinking, smoking and certain medications for the safety of your baby. Air pollutants, like ozone, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, are something that’s often overlooked. Of course some exposure can’t be helped, especially if you live in a city setting, but decreasing your exposure in general can make a huge difference for your child.
Indoor Air Pollution
Most people aren’t outdoors all the time, though, and people typically spend a whopping 90% of their time indoors, leading you to feel safer, right? But there is just as much of a chance of pollution entering your home as it can be outside. According to the EPA, the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. And with the EPA also stating that outdoor air pollutants can affect human health, that isn’t great news. Of course humidifiers and air purifiers help, but if your heating-venting and air-conditioning (HVAC) unit isn’t clean, that’s one of the main sources of the air entering your home.
The levels of pollutants in your home can depend on a lot of factors, such as where you live, the age of your building, how often you have your windows open, and more. Many buildings constructed in the 1970s were built more airtight in an effort to improve energy efficiency, but this also led to poor ventilation issues, negatively impacting the occupant’s health. Most residential buildings are also built to limit the amount of leaking outdoor air that’s either into or out of the home. But according to the EPA, when there’s not enough outdoor air entering a home, pollutants can build up within the structure. Outdoor air can enter a home from three methods: natural ventilation, infiltration and mechanical ventilation. Natural ventilation is when you open a door or window for fresh air and breezes to enter your home. Infiltration occurs when outdoor air enters the home through joints, around windows and doors, and from cracks in walls, floors and ceilings. Mechanical ventilation is any device that vents the indoor air outside, like a bathroom fan or more extensive ductwork. When these three methods aren’t adequate enough, indoor pollutants can rise in your home, causing health risks down the road.
You And Baby
When natural ventilation, infiltration and mechanical ventilation aren’t adequate enough, indoor pollutants can rise in your home, causing health risks down the road. Most symptoms of poor air quality are similar to the common cold or respiratory issues, making it tricky in determining if it’s a usual virus or something more in your home. Taking note of when you’re experiencing symptoms can be a clue, for example if all your symptoms seem to come upon you or your baby while you’re in the home, but dissipate when you leave, this can be a good indication that it may be your home. One of the easiest ways of determining your indoor air quality is having HVAC contractors visit your home and ensure your ventilation system is running like it should.
Ready to confirm that your home has clean air before your baby arrives? Rescom Air Corp. is here to help! Our Tampa team of experienced and professional technicians are ready to verify your home’s HVAC system is running optimally and giving you the air quality you need. Call us today!