Here are 5 simple facts about indoor air quality.
- Indoor pollutants are worse than outdoor pollutants
Most people are aware of the health concern that come with outdoor pollution, but the fact is that levels of some of the most common indoor air pollutants are two to five times higher than their outdoor counterparts.
- Indoor air pollution isn’t always obvious
Many of the pollutants in our home go unseen because they are often disguised by flowery fragrances. Cleaning products and other household items release toxic fumes into our living environment. Choose fragrance free products when possible and ventilate, ventilate, ventilate!
- Number of children with severe allergies and asthma is on the rise
This increase is linked to poor indoor air quality. HVAC maintenance, like changing air filters and cleaning ducts regularly, not only helps prevent these conditions, but it also helps ease the side effects.
- Kitchen is a HOT spot
Kitchen appliances are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to producing toxic pollutants in your home. Nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide are produced when cooking, so it’s extremely important to make sure you have proper ventilation. If you have a range hood, make sure it vents to the outdoors, and use it on the highest setting every time you cook. If you do not have a range hood, be sure to open a window to circulate fresh air every time you cook.
- Indoor air quality doesn’t just affect your lungs
When we think of poor air quality, asthma and other lung ailments usually come to mind. However, air pollutants can cause many other issues, including dry eyes, skin conditions, headaches, nasal congestion, fatigue and nausea. Having proper HVAC equipment installed helps ensure appropriate ventilation throughout your home and goes a long way to help prevent these symptoms.
If your concerned about your indoor air quality, contact one of our licensed professionals. Click here for a full list of HVAC experts in your area.