Do you typically keep windows and doors shut in your Florid home during allergy season? Did you know that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air? In some cases it can be almost 100 percent more. Our exposure to pollutants actually occurs when we are breathing air indoors. Materials, products, and activities we do every day are the root cause of poor indoor air quality.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home. You may think that your home is the safest place to be, but in reality it is most likely the place that will expose you to the highest amount of hazardous pollutants. Most people are unaware of how bad the air quality in their home actually is.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Chemicals – Furnishings in your home, as well as building materials and other household/office products are one of the main causes of indoor air pollutants. Of all of the things that can affect indoor air quality, chemicals are the most harmful because there are so many ways they can directly affect your health.
Mold – Many homes, especially in humid areas like Florida, have moisture problems. Air conditioning systems can cause condensation if they are not running properly and the extra moisture in the air can cause mold to grow. Mold emits harmful particles that can affect air quality and your health. Mold is a popular allergen in the United States and many people can develop breathing problems if exposed to mold for long periods of time. It is impossible to get rid of mold spores, however, you can reduce the impact of mold on your indoor air quality by immediately taking care of any moisture problems when they arise.
Poor ventilation – Most buildings are tightly sealed and insulated to keep conditioned air in. This is great for efficiency purposes, however, most HVAC systems bring little to no outdoor air inside. Most systems just recycle indoor air which can have a negative impact on air quality.
Pollutants – There are many particles in the air that can affect your indoor air quality. Pollutants like dust and dirt are tracked in from outside can trigger allergy symptoms and cause respiratory problems.
Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Florida Home
Improving your indoor air quality is important for your overall health. Source control is the best way to reduce indoor air pollution. There are several things you can do at home to improve and control your air.
- Change your air filters regularly.
- Keep floors clean – mop and vacuum often to reduce dirt and dust.
- Place floor mats at every door to prevent dirt from being tracked in.
- Regulate humidity levels. Keep humidity between 30-50%.
- Make your home a no-smoking zone.
- Check regularly for Radon, it is an odorless and colorless gas that raises the risk of lung cancer.
- Open windows to let fresh air in.
- Purchase an air purifier.
- Launder bedding and drapery frequently.
- Have your air ducts cleaned regularly.
If you are concerned about the air quality in your Sarasota or Bradenton home, or you would like to schedule an air duct cleaning service, call one of the experts at Arctic Air Services. We’d be happy to help you and your family get on the right track to improving your home’s air quality. Call us today at (941) 747-8800!