With allergy season upon us, you may think the best way to prevent a runny nose and itchy eyes is to stay indoors. But, did you know the average home’s air contains two to five times more pollutants than the air outside?
The dangers of poor indoor air quality can extend beyond just irritating allergens — pollutants can also lead to lung disease, respiratory tract infections, asthma and other serious conditions. Read more about the hazards of poor indoor air quality and learn how your AC unit can help to fight pollutants in your home.
The Dangers of Indoor Air Pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air quality as one the top five environmental risks to public health. The air in your home may be polluted by lead, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and harsh chemicals used in conventional cleaning products. More commonly, you’ll find dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander — all of which are major allergens and quite hard to avoid.
While some pollutants come with the home, especially if it is older, we often unwittingly add to the mess. New furniture, including mattresses and wood cabinetry, heavy chemical cleaners, paint, gas stoves and more, can be sources of indoor air pollutants.
Children, the elderly and those with existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, are at particular risk to suffering from poor indoor air quality. At the most extreme, polluted air can lead to severe long-term health issues. More widely, however, poor air quality will cause or intensify irritating allergies that result in nose, throat and eye irritation, dizziness and headaches.
How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
Health issues caused by poor indoor air quality are preventable when the right precautions are taken. Proper ventilation inside your home is one the most important requirements for clean air. However, many newer homes are built to be airtight. While opening windows and doors can help, Florida’s warm, humid climate can make that solution less than ideal.
Fortunately, the right solutions do exist! Here are few things our experienced technicians at Engineered Air can do to promote clean air in your home.
- Install an air exchange system that refreshes the air in your home, while maintaining a constant temperature and assuring consistent airflow.
- Install dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture in the air and reduce the growth of mold and mildew.
- Use electronic air cleaners to filter out impurities as low as .01 micron.
- Install ultraviolet lights to interfere with the reproductive cycle of mold spores, greatly reducing the incidence of mold.
Equip Your AC to Combat Allergens!
Our homes should be a place that makes us feel comfortable and safe, not sick! At Engineered Air, our technicians can test your home’s air to determine the best way to improve its quality and keep your family healthy. Call today to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information about our services!