Perhaps this year more than ever before, the issue of air quality in the United States has made national news, in large part fueled by the major forest fires in California. But it’s not just the air that you’re breathing outside that matters – indoor air quality is an important consideration for your health and wellbeing, too. Here’s what you should know about indoor air quality–
Indoor air quality can have both immediate and delayed effects. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the health effects of indoor air pollution might include fatigue, dizziness, headache, and irritation of the nose, throat, and eyes. In some cases, long-term effects of prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution can include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer.
For people with respiratory conditions, asthma, or allergies, the quality of the air inside the home is especially important.
Fortunately, there are options for staying safe and healthy when air quality in the home is a concern. In addition to changing out the filters in your HVAC system on a regular basis, you can also invest in an air cleaning and purification system. An air purifier works by using very fine filters to catch tiny particulates, such as particulates and bacteria that would otherwise circulate through the home. There are stand-alone units that can be used to purify the air within a specific room or whole house purifiers. Whole-home air cleaners might be installed into air duct paths, installed at air intake points, or be stand-alone units that require the installation of an additional air intake and exhaust system in the home.
In addition to installing an air filter, vacuuming frequently–especially if you have pets–can help to reduce dust and danger within the home. Depending on your needs, investing in a home humidifier may also improve the air quality in your home. If you have an HVAC system with ducts, you should also get your ducts cleaned on a regular basis.
At Naughton Mechanical LLC, we know how important indoor air quality is, and also realize that too many people throughout Indiana don’t make indoor air quality a priority. To breathe easier, talk to our professionals about getting your ducts cleaned, replacing the filters on your HVAC system, and the possibility of investing in an indoor air cleaning system. To learn more, call our pros today or send us a message at your convenience.
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