Why Indoor Air Quality Matters
December 3rd, 2015 by THS
Keeping your ducts and HVAC vents free from debris not only keeps your family more comfortable but it increases your health and safety as well. Changing the filters in your AC and heating units, having the ductwork cleaned up regularly and ensuring efficient performance can all result in higher indoor air quality so everyone can breathe easy. Let’s take a look at some ways in which indoor air quality matters.
Promoting cleaner airflow can reduce the prevalence of allergens in the air. This component is especially critical for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. Outside air pollutants created from vehicle emissions and construction sites, for example, can get in through open windows and doors to pose a safety risk over time for the household. The CPSC says those outdoor pollutants can result in health and comfort issues for occupants.
The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and homes can affect not only the occupants’ comfort but their overall health as well. According to OSHA, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been linked with symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, concentration difficulties, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. In fact, even some chronic diseases have been tied to air contaminants, such as asthma in those who live within damp indoor environments. Substances such as radon and asbestos can remain within a structure undetected, being breathed in by unsuspecting family members or employees. Unfortunately, the effects of these contaminants, most commonly cancer, are not always detected until many years after exposure.
Poor ventilation can be caused by problems with controlling temperature and humidity levels, recent remodeling, nearby construction sites, mold, extensive use of cleaning supplies and vehicle emissions. Your indoor air quality may vary by where you live. For instance, if you live near a congested highway or a big construction site, your access to quality air will be reduced. Unfortunately, we can’t always control these outside factors and therefore must do what we can to ensure high indoor air quality. How you care for your home as well as the right forms of ventilation can go a long way towards improving your air. Here are some other tips:
- Clean frequently, especially if you have pets. Regardless of pet ownership, however, regular dusting and vacuuming will keep allergens like dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander at bay. For best results, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Use microfiber mops for hardwood and tile surfaces, which can capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers, according to WebMD.
- Maintain optimal humidity levels for your home. It’s important to keep the humidity level between 30 and 50 percent, as dust mites and mold thrive in moisture. For moist environments, such as basements, use a dehumidifier to control allergens and reduce moisture.
- Make sure your dryer vents are clear and unobstructed.
- Avoid smoking in the home. One of the biggest contributors to indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke, which can increase the risk in children of getting ear and respiratory infections, asthma and cancer.
- Hire a professional to regularly service, clean and maintain your HVAC units, vents and ductwork.
Call Thornton Heating Service today at 847-905-1608 for more tips and to schedule duct cleaning. We can help keep your home safe for your family!