Your Homes Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is the air we breathe inside our homes on a day to day basis.
Good air is clean air and a happy healthy home is one free of harmful annoyances like indoor air quality pollutants.
Some of the most common indoor air quality pollutants include:
- Mold, bacteria and viruses.
- Plant by-products such as pollen.
- Animal by-products like pet dander and waste.
- Foreign chemicals such as a gas, radon or carbon monoxide.
- Lead (In homes dating pre-1978) and Asbestos.
- Secondhand smoke from tobacco use indoors.
If you suspect you may have been exposed to an indoor air pollutant, it’s important that you keep an eye out for the following side effects:
- Eye, nose or throat irritation.
- Headaches, dizziness or excess fatigue.
- And although less common, more serious long-term health effects such as any diseases that affect the skin/lungs/heart and cancer.
Some of the most common signs that you may have a possible indoor air quality problem include:
- Adverse health effects that don’t pop up until you move into a new home, finish remodeling or spraying for pesticides.
- Stuffy or excessively humid air.
- Visual signs such as mold growth, condensation of surfaces and large accumulations of dust on surfaces.
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Some steps you can take to improve the overall quality of the air in your home include:
- Identifying and stopping all leaks as soon as they occur.
- Keeping all surfaces dry so as to minimize mold growth and water damage.
- Keeping an eye on the humidity level and making sure it stays between 40 and 55% throughout the year. A regular reading of 65% can cause trouble.
- Keeping all tobacco use outdoors.
- Cleaning and dusting on a regular basis so as to minimize debris build-up, and using eco-friendly cleaning products when possible.
- Changing your air conditioning filter on a regular basis and maintaining proper ventilation for strong air exchange.
- And if you really suspect trouble, testing your air for the indoor pollutants outlined above.
If you suspect you may have an indoor air quality issue, don’t wait for it to get any worse. Contact the pros at Alpha Dog Heating and Air Conditioning and allow us to do the rest.