While it’s impossible for us to control the air quality of the outside world around us, it is possible to control the quality of the air inside your home. This may be extremely beneficial to those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or those who start to feel a tickle in their throat when the summer days wind down into chilly fall nights. But do humidifiers and devices really improve your air quality that much? Read on to find out.
How can I tell that my indoor air quality is poor?
Did you know that more than 4 in 10 Americans are breathing in unhealthy air? You may be one of those people without even knowing it.
Many of the symptoms you feel when dealing with poor air quality indoors are similar to symptoms triggered by outdoor allergens. For example, you may notice that your nose, throat, and skin are dry. Your eyes may be watering and sneezing is a frequent problem. This will occur when allergens and other pollutants from outside are coming into your indoor air.
When your indoor air becomes stale and uncirculated, you’ll notice coughing and other breathing difficulties. This uncirculated air could give you headaches and nausea as well. It’s important to cycle the air in your home, especially after using cleaning products or other chemicals. Rooms like bathrooms and kitchens that often experience warmth and humidity could house mold and other pollen if fresh air isn’t circulated.
At the end of the day if you are still unsure what the quality of your air is like, you can always contact a professional to test the air.
Ways to control your air quality
Now that we know the signs that our indoor air needs help, what is the next step? Consider if anyone in your home is asthmatic or sensitive to allergens. Ensuring their health and safety is a top priority, so you want to look into ventilating the air and controlling the humidity in your home. The humidity levels in your home should be under 50 percent. This can be controlled using humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioning. Don’t forget to regularly clean these units and their filters to make sure they aren’t bringing pollutants into your home.
Many air quality devices now include filters that are specifically for controlling pet dander and other allergens. Speak to a professional to learn about what kind of filters are best for your home and needs.
According to the American Lung Association, this is the list of the most common indoor air pollutants. The list includes paint products, cleaning supplies, dust mites, secondhand smoke, radon, and much more. It’s important to educate yourself on how all of these pollutants affect our bodies, especially those who suffer from allergies and asthma.
Controlling the quality of the air in your home is essential for ensuring your safety and comfort. At the end of the day, you know what kind of filters and units are best for the needs of your home and those who stay in it. We would love to help you in the process of transforming your home into a clean safe haven. Contact us today!