While most homeowners consider their homes to be a safe retreat, the fact is that the air you are breathing indoors can be more dangerous to your health than outdoor city pollution. Considering that the Environmental Protection Agency says American homeowners spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, that is a very serious health threat! This danger is exacerbated during cool and warm months when your home or office windows are sealed tight to conserve energy.
Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality has been implicated in a wide variety of adverse health effects, including:
- Increased risk of cancer
- Frequent sore throats and colds
- Skin rashes
- Respiratory issues
- Lethargy and memory lapses
- Eye irritation
While indoor contaminants can cause adverse symptoms in healthy people, the elderly, children and people with chronic health issues may be especially vulnerable.
Indoor Air Contaminants
There are a variety of potential sources of toxic pollutants in your home or office which can impact your health, including mold, dust, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide and radon, as well as other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints, pesticides, upholstery and carpeting, and cleaning products.
Solutions to Indoor Air Pollution
While increasing ventilation by opening the doors and windows in your South Florida home can reduce humidity and increase air quality, the warm climate makes that a less than desirable solution. However, there are other steps you can take to raise your indoor air quality:
- Install a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture in the air
- Clean your vents and ductwork
- Use an electronic air cleaner and HEPA filter to filter out impurities
- Clean or replace the filter for your air conditioning and heating unit
- Upgrade your HVAC system
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
Let Engineered Air Tackle Your Indoor Air Quality Issues!
Your home should be a place that keeps you safe and comfortable, not sick. Let Engineered Air’s expert technicians test your home’s air to identify issues and improve your indoor air quality. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or find out more about our services by visiting our website.