With recent research showing that air pollution can significantly impact mothers and babies, pregnancy is a good time to consider your home’s heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Humidifiers and air purifiers can help with indoor air quality, but if the source of your air, your HVAC system, isn’t clean, those additional measures won’t matter.
Pregnancy is a time of growth and many expectant parents use this time to educate themselves. Books, articles, videos, in-person classes — pregnancy resources abound in our modern world. And one of the most common pregnancy safety questions expectant parents ask is: “What should I avoid when I’m expecting?”
Smoking, alcohol and certain medications usually top the list. Other culprits include soft cheeses, deli meats and fish with high mercury levels. But what about contaminants in the air?
According to the American Lung Association, common outdoor air pollutants include ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Toxic air pollutants can come from burning fuels, vehicle exhaust, building emissions and other sources. However, most people spend 90% of their time indoors.
An informed decision on the heating and cooling components you use can affect your air quality. A heat pump can be a great option for our climate. Because heat pumps don’t use combustion, there is no risk of carbon monoxide filling the air of your home. A heat pump system is designed with a emergency or auxiliary heat source. With proper maintenance, your heat pump should be more than adequate to maintain your desired temperature on its own without the help of the auxiliary heat being used.
Studies have found links to adverse health outcomes because of poor air quality. Some affect women before or during pregnancy, while others appear in babies or even older children.
How air quality affects pregnancy
- Low birth weight
- Preterm birth
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Fertility challenges and miscarriage
No matter how you choose to heat and cool your home, one thing is certain: clean air is best for everyone, and especially for pregnant mothers and newborns. As always, it is best to rely on the professionals to examine and maintain your system.
Call True Blue Air Service today and get a check up, information about service contracts or an estimate on a new system.