Are you or anyone in your family suffering from frequent colds, allergies or asthma?
You may be suffering from these things as a result of Air Pollution in your home. Statistics show that the air indoors may often be more polluted than outdoor air. The average person spends up to 90% of their time indoors. Newer homes are built more air tight causing problems with the indoor air quality with not enough fresh air coming into your home. According to the environmental protection agency approximately 20 million American suffer from Asthma. Another 30 million Americans suffer from allergies and respiratory problems it may not be apparent but this could be a cause of the indoor air quality.
Most people are not aware of what is in the air they are breathing due to the particulates being so small we are not able to see most of them with the naked eye. We just go about our day and don’t even think about the indoor air quality of our homes that we spend so much time in. Many may just think they are floating out there above their head, but the truth is they are coming into your body with the air you are breathing.
Polluted air causes 94% of respiratory problems. With each of us breathing about 3500 gallons of air each day. If you keep breathing that air it very well could make you sick. When you inhale, you are breathing in the air as well as any particles that are in the air. The particles then travel into your respiratory system, and along the way they can stick to the sides of your airway or go even deeper into your lungs. When particles are smaller in size they can get into the deepest portions of the lungs. These are the most dangerous particles because this part of your lungs (alveolar), have no means of removing them, and if they are water soluble they can pass into the blood stream in minutes.
The most common effects of poor indoor air quality are irritation of eye, nose, throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue not to mention long term problems such as respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer. (Indicated by increased hospital and emergency room visits, school absences, loss of work days, and restricted activity days.) This is costing you hard earned money. If you or someone in your family is suffering from heart or lung diseases such as coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at an increased risk, because particles aggravate these diseases. People who have diabetes also may be at an increased risk, possibly because they are more likely to have underlying cardiovascular disease, and older people may be at greater risk due to undiagnosed heart or lung disease or diabetes. Infants and children also have a higher risk due to their lungs developing and a higher amount of activity.
Why take a risk and let the air inside your house make you feel yucky and even worse make you sick?
What can we do to increase the indoor air quality?
When dusting use microfiber towels and dusters as they attract dust and cause the dust to cling to the fibers of the towel rather than go to the floor like others do.
Clean blinds weekly, vacuum daily if possible in high traffic areas. Bathe animals often or keep them outside. Animals have a lot of dirt and dander in their coats. Brush them before coming inside and do not let them on your bed. Wash your linens every 10 days in hot water to prevent dust mites from living in your linens and use mattress covers that deter dust mites.
Change your air filters often built up dirt goes into your vents, furnace and circulates the allergens throughout your home. Get your ducts cleaned and have your HVAC system cleaned this can improve indoor air quality as well as the efficiency of your AC system. If you are experiencing a higher than normal amount of dust you may also want to consider having your ducts sealed. There may be a leak in the duct system causing inefficiencies in your heating and cooling system and large amounts of dust coming from your attic.
Call the experts. Take a step to a healthier life and call us to set up a free consultation today. We can show you how to improve your indoor air quality. We can take your existing cooling & heating system into a super effective air treatment center for your home. Installed air purification systems can remove up to 99.98% of allergens from the filtered air.
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For further IAQ information you may go to http://www.epa.gov/