Homes today are constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This involves more insulation and tightly sealed doors and windows to keep heating and cooling costs affordable. While this is great for your energy costs, it’s not so fantastic for your indoor air quality.
As air has reduced chances to escape, contaminants can accumulate and impact your residence’s indoor air quality. In reality, your residence’s air can actually be 2–5 times worse than the outdoors, according to the EPA. That’s not good for anyone, but it’s particularly detrimental for loved ones with allergies, asthma, other respiratory disorders or heart disease.
Let’s go over some of these everyday contaminants and how you can improve your residence’s indoor air quality.
When you visualize pollutants, you may think about smog or tobacco smoke. But a lot of substances that impact your air quality are everyday substances. These things contain chemicals called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.
Other everyday pollutants include:
Some people are more sensitive to VOCs than others. The EPA says symptoms of VOC exposure entail:
In bad situations, the EPA says VOCs can cause respiratory and heart diseases.
It isn’t hard to improve your residence’s air quality. Here are several ideas from Harvard Medical School:
Frequently cleaning and washing surfaces that attract allergens, like furniture, carpet and bedding, will help reduce on dust, dust mites and pet dander in your house.
This essential filter keeps your house comfy and air clean. How often you should change your air filter depends on the kind of filter you have. Flat filters should be replaced every month, while pleated filters should be replaced every three months. If you don’t know if your filter should be replaced, take it out and tilt it to the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
If someone in your household deals with allergies or asthma, we suggest having a filter with a better MERV rating. The bigger the number this is, the better your filter is at eliminating contaminants.
Keep fresh air moving by opening windows whenever the temperature allows. We also suggest running exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen frequently to get rid of pollutants and bring in more fresh air.
From whole-home air purifiers, Midland Air Service Experts has a resolution to help your household breathe better. We’ll help you find the ideal option during your free home comfort assessment. Give us a call at 803-399-7208 to request yours now!
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