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Residential Air Quality Resources

Contact AAA Heating and Cooling for all of your residential or commercial air quality needs. From duct sealing to cleaning to ensuring proper humidity levels, our certified and experienced technicians will get the job done.

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Indoor Air Monitoring

Creating A Healthy Air Environment In Your Home.

You want your home to be a safe haven for your family, free from the air quality problems found in the outside environment. Yet you may be unaware that indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a major effect on your family’s health, comfort, and safety as well. Common symptoms of exposure to indoor air pollutants include fatigue, headaches, nausea, scratchy throat, and nasal irritation.

You may be asking yourself, “How do I test the air quality in my home”?

The Solution

AAA Indoor Air Quality provides you with an affordable solution utilizing AirAdvice’s in depth IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) monitoring and reporting systems.

Air Advice’s monitoring system provides our indoor air technicians with information to make recommendations based on detailed measurements of the particles, humidity, temperature, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds found in your home during the test period.

AAA Heating and Cooling exclusively uses AirAdvice’s indoor air quality monitoring system to provide unbiased reports that benefit not only our indoor air technicians, but our customers too.

3 Reasons you should consider testing your homes indoor air quality

  1. Health- Regular cleaning, proper ventilation, and air filtration reduces molds, dust, germs, gases, and excess moisture that can trigger allergies, illness, and asthma attacks.
  2. Comfort – Balanced temperature and humidity create a cozy environment in winter and a cool, pleasant indoor climate in summer.
  3. Safety – Good ventilation and proper maintenance of furnaces, ductwork and exhaust systems prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and excess fumes.

 

What is Radon?

radon_redRadon is a naturally occurring cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon but it may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Annually, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that between 5,000 and 30,000 of the lung cancer deaths by Americans are attributable to indoor exposure to radon. Because of this number, a “high” cancer risk ranking has been assigned to indoor radon. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has elevated radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is even greater.

American Heritage Dictionary Defines Radon as:

ra•don n. Symbol Rn A colorless, radioactive, inert gaseous element formed by the radioactive decay of radium. It is used as a radiation source in radiotherapy and to produce neutrons for research. Its most stable isotope is Rn 222 with a half-life of 3.82 days. Atomic number 86; melting point -71°C; boiling point -61.8°C; specific gravity (solid) 4.

Radon Scientific Description:

Radon is a colorless, chemically nonreactive inert gas, it is the densest gas known. The gas and its highly radioactive (radioactivity described) metallic daughter products emit alpha and beta particles and gamma rays. It has been used in the treatment of cancer by radiotherapy. In homes and other buildings, in some areas of the world, radon produced by the radioactive decay of uranium-238 present in soil and rock can reach levels regarded as dangerous. (Chemical Symbol/Element Number: Rn222)

How To Use Radon Testing Kits

We have created 2 sets of instructions to assist you with getting good results from your radon test. Please follow the instructions carefully. If you do not, it will invalidate your test results.

Click on the graphic to view Setup Instructions for the Radon test. We have created a step-by-step flash tutorial of how to successfully setup your radon test.

Radon Test Kit

 

Click on the graphic to view Finish Test Instructions for Radon test. We have created a step by step flash tutorial of what to do when you have completed your radon test.

Radon packet

Residential Air Quality Links

NADCA: National Air Duct Cleaners Association

Membership in NADCA is restricted to companies that can meet rigorous pre-qualification criteria.

ACCA: Air Conditioning Contractors of America

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America helps contractors acquire, serve and satisfy their customers.

American Lung Association — Indoor Air Quality

This site contains many pages dealing with a variety of air quality issues.

EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Home Page

Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environment Division’s homepage containing many different topics including safety in different types of buildings.

EPA’s IAQ Hotlines

Lists indoor air quality hotline numbers with a description for each of them.

Environmental Health Laboratory Branch: Indoor Air Quality

California Dept. of Health Services homepage. Has a listing of their publications as well as a links page to other indoor air quality websites.

Health House – Indoor Air Quality

A quality site that contains, among other things, information about household items that cause air quality problems, health hazards, and homebuilding tips.

EPA Indoor Air Quality & Mold Resources

A major concern associated with exposure to biological pollutants is allergic reactions, which range from rhinitis to nasal congestion.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Online

A website dedicated to the study and treatment of allergic diseases. Contains a physician referral directory, a larger resource center and more.

The Fungus Among Us

Mold is a common fungus that can be found almost anywhere. Children’s playhouses, sheds, bathtubs, sinks, basements and more; mold has the ability to grow in many different areas. Mold occurs where there are water leaks, and can also appear because of humidity or from flooding problems.

American Industrial Hygiene Association

Home of several publications, as well as many other types of services.

National Air Filtration Association

The importance of air filtration, seminar presentations in PowerPoint format, information on becoming a NAFA certified air filter specialist and the NAFA Clean Air Award.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Ask the Allergist section, Kids and Teens information, information for health professionals, plus a resource catalog.