In an effort to keep our homes comfortable, we forget about the effects it may have on our indoor air quality. The EPA has concluded that we spend over 90% of our time indoors where we are exposed to harmful chemicals and allergens. The air we breathe is essential to our health as well as the health and comfort of our families. Indoor allergens and pollutants hit their peak in the winter when our homes are sealed against the cold weather conditions or during the hot summer months when our air conditioning systems are running to keep us comfortable. Especially during these time is when it is most important to pay attention to the quality of the air in your home. This will not only help protect your family from long-term effects but also help to keep you and your family healthy during various flu and cold seasons.
Indoor air can contain more toxins than outdoor air, making it even more prevalent on how important it is to improve the air quality in your home. Improving the ventilation in your home is just one way you can help improve your indoor air quality. THere are home heating and cooling systems that do not bring fresh air into your home to help improve the ventilation in your home. However, new homes are now designed to enable outdoor air into the home to improve ventilation with energy efficient heat exchangers. If you own an older home, you can still improve your indoor air quality with routine maintenance of your heating and cooling system as well as replacing your air filters on a regular basis. You can also look into making the investment in air purification. Products like General Aire’s Ultraviolet Air Purification will help you and your family breathe a little easier.
Some immediate reactions to poor indoor air quality consist of frequent sneezing and coughing, waking up congested or with a headache, and irritated throat, nose or eyes. Take a moment to learn the signs of poor indoor air quality to make sure your home is safe for your family.