Houses today are constructed with energy efficiency in mind. This entails extra insulation and tightly sealed doors and windows to keep heating and cooling costs down. While this is good for your energy costs, it’s not so good for your indoor air quality.
Since air has reduced chances to escape, contaminants can accumulate and impact your home’s indoor air quality. In reality, your home’s air can actually be 2–5 times more unhealthy than the outdoors, according to the EPA. That’s not good for anyone, but it’s especially detrimental for loved ones with allergies, asthma, other respiratory disorders or heart disease.
Let’s discuss some of these everyday contaminants and how you can boost your home’s indoor air quality.
When you picture pollutants, you may think about smog or tobacco smoke. But many substances that impact your air quality are common substances. These things have chemicals called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.
Other everyday pollutants include:
Some people are more affected by VOCs than others. The EPA says symptoms of VOC exposure entail:
In bad instances, the EPA says VOCs can lead to respiratory and heart diseases.
It isn’t hard to improve your home’s air quality. Here are a few ideas from Harvard Medical School:
Regularly cleaning and washing surfaces that attract allergens, such as furniture, carpet and bedding, will help cut down on dust, dust mites and pet dander in your house.
This essential filter keeps your house comfy and air fresh. How often you should change your air filter depends on the kind of filter you use. Flat filters should be replaced every month, while pleated filters should be replaced every three months. If you’re not sure if your filter should be replaced, remove it and tilt it to the light. Get a new one if you can’t see light through it.
If someone in your house deals with allergies or asthma, we advise 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 in your home by opening windows whenever the temperature allows. We also advise running exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen frequently to get rid of pollutants and introduce more fresh air.
From whole-home air purifiers, A-Plus has a resolution to help your household breathe better. We’ll help you select the right option during your free home comfort assessment. Contact us at 301-747-3140 to schedule yours now!
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