Is Your Indoor Air Quality Helping Or Hurting Your Health?

The threat of poor indoor air quality is a health issue you can’t afford to overlook. Pollutants and allergens in your home or office can cause issues such as asthma, headaches, nausea, fatigue, an increased risk for lung cancer and more. Poor air quality has an important impact on the comfort of your home and your overall health. While some symptoms may seem mild, they may often escalate to more complex health complications. Realizing the severity of the risk and taking action to protect your health is vital to avoiding these threats.

Several issues can lead to poor air quality in your home:

  1. Smoking
  2. Indoor pets
  3. Pollen
  4. Dust mites
  5. Radon
  6. Inadequate whole-house ventilation
  7. Improperly vented combustion appliances and fireplaces, which generate carbon monoxide
  8. Mold and mildew resulting from moisture damage and high humidity
  9. VOCs from chemical cleaning products and pesticides
  10. Building materials containing asbestos, formaldehyde, and lead
  11. High temperature and humidity can also increase the levels of some pollutants

So what steps can you take?

Here are a few tips and ideas that can help you stay healthy in your own home:

  • Change your air filters on a regular basis.
  • Regular dusting and vacuuming will help you to get rid of some of the allergens in your home.
  • A big contributor to those allergens found in your home are your beloved pets. With regular grooming and bathing however, you can keep the allergens at bay.
  • Opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air is an easy step to rid your home of built-up pollutants. Especially as we move into warmer months with spring weather, this is a simple way to improve your air quality.
  • There are also a few appliances that can help you out, like an air purifier and dehumidifier. They will reduce the amount of pollutants in the air and help keep them from thriving and increasing in your home.
  • Make sure you have the right air conditioner for your home and are using the proper air filters. Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air). It can seem like a daunting task, but having the best-suited system for your home will make sure you stay healthy. Changing your air filters regularly is a must-do step for safe indoor air.

While you may be able to accomplish this easily by purchasing an air purifier or humidifier, there are other issues that may require more time and money. For example, you may need to make some upgrades to your HVAC system, or remove asbestos from your home. There are an endless number of sources that may be causing air pollution in your home. Ultimately, a heating & air conditioning expert can help you find the best route to the solution. Also, hiring an experienced housekeeper who will assist in the daily cleaning of your home.

Contact The Hazel Agency today at 770-643-2034!  We will be happy to put you in touch with an experienced housekeeper.