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FEATURES

Creating Your Healthy
Indoor Air Environment
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by UGI Energy Link

ith everything going on in the world, we
understand that keeping your home or business
"healthy" is important. There are several indoor
air pollutants that can affect your way of life. They include:
*	 Asbestos
*	 Biological Pollutants (such as bacteria, viruses,
animal dander, dust, mites, pollen)
*	 Carbon Monoxide (CO)
*	 Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products
*	 Lead (Pb)
*	 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
*	 Pesticides
*	 Radon (Rn)
*	 Indoor Particulate Matter
*	 Secondhand Smoke/ Environmental Tobacco Smoke
*	 Stoves and Heaters
*	 Fireplaces and Chimneys
*	 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

So how can you reduce these pollutants and
have a healthy indoor air quality?
Here are a few of the ways that we suggest you do this.
With the help of a licensed HVAC contractor and some easy
TLC items around the home or business, you can assure the
best possible air quality.

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Proper ventilation - Install and use exhaust fans that
are vented to the outdoors in kitchens and bathrooms
and vent clothes dryers outdoors.
Ventilate attic and crawl spaces to prevent moisture
build-up.
Thoroughly clean and dry water-damaged carpets
and building materials within 24 hours if possible
or consider removal and replacement.
Keep the space clean. House dust mites, pollens,
animal dander and other allergy-causing agents can
be reduced, although not eliminated, through regular
cleaning.
Take steps to minimize biological pollutants in
basements and regulate humidity.
Install an air cleaning system.
Install an Ultraviolet light into your HVAC system.
Regularly change air filters.
Schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC
systems.

Ensure Air Flow
Current research suggests that COVID-19 can live in the
air for about 3 hours. By increasing the rate of air flow in
your indoor spaces, you can reduce the amount of expose to
viruses and other biologic contaminants in the air. A few of
the several ways air flow can be increased include cleaning
of ductwork, removing ventilation blockages or leaving the
fan running in your system at all times.



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