Americans will spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While many think they can avoid allergens or pollutants by hiding inside, concentrations of indoor air pollution is often two to five times higher indoor than typical outdoor conditions. So, improving your indoor air quality can improve the health of you and your family.
To understand how you can better the air quality in your home, know some possible sources of pollutants. During the winter months, you may have relied on alternative sources for heat, such as a fireplace. Fireplaces, or other combustion sources, can release harmful combustion byproducts such as carbon monoxide and particulate matter directly into your home’s indoor environment.
You might even look forward to spring cleaning, but some cleaning supplies or other commonly used products can introduce many chemicals, including volatile organic compounds, directly into your home’s air. If you have pets, their hair or dander can also affect air quality.
The outdoor climate can also influence your indoor air pollution. Weather can influence whether you keep your windows open or closed and affect whether you have a humidifier or dehumidifier running in your home. Certain conditions can increase the potential for indoor moisture that can lead to mold growth.
When the indoor air quality is poor, you or a family member could experience possible health problems. Common issues include irritation of the eyes, nose or throat, headaches, or trouble with respiratory diseases. In extreme cases, levels of radon or carbon monoxide can rise, which can be lethal.
By improving your home’s ventilation, you will improve your air quality. Regularly changing the air filters in your HVAC system will help, and so will running bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust to the outdoors.
There are many ways you can identify possible sources of pollutants in your home that affect your indoor air quality, but many more ways to help improve it. For more information on how you can improve the indoor air quality of your home, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.