Does your home seem unusually dusty? Are you constantly fighting off the sniffles? Is static electricity a problem? These are just a few possible signs of the impact Bad Air can have in your home. Poor air quality can affect your family’s health, your comfort, and it can even damage your home.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, approximately 50% of illnesses are either caused or aggravated by bad air inside the home. What’s “bad” are airborne pollutants and moisture imbalances that can seriously jeopardize your family’s health and wellbeing:
- Tiny particles and biological contaminants like pollen, dirt, mold, bacteria, pet dander, dust mites and viruses can trigger allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems.
- Odors and chemical vapors from sources like perfumes, cleaning supplies, paints, pets and cooking fumes can cause headaches, fatigue and allergic reactions.
- Too little humidity can cause dry skin, sore throats and increase the risk of infections and respiratory ailments
7 Ways to Improve the Quality of Your Indoor Air
In addition to the indoor air quality services from Baylor Heating & Air, there are many things you can do on your own to minimize your indoor air pollutants and the impact they can have on you and your family.
- Clean and vacuum regularly to remove dust, dirt, and particulates that build up indoors; be sure to change vacuum filter bags or clean dirt cups often, to ensure that the dust and dirt doesn’t end up back in your home.
- Use the power of nature to help clean the air indoors – buy some plants! Plants remove chemical quickly from the air, and can actually thrive on substances that can be harmful to people.
- Use non-toxic materials non-toxic materials and t and furnishings that are non-toxic – including wall finishes, caulks, adhesives, upholstered furniture, and carpeting.
- Use natural cleaning products, which contain no volatile organic compounds or toxic chemicals.
- Remove your shoes when you come indoors, and prevent a host of dirt, dust and other particles from spreading throughout.
- Check air and furnace filters at least every two months, and replace or clean regularly.
- Encase your mattress and pillows to protect against dust mites.
For more encompassing solutions – including a whole-house air filtration system – we invite you to contact the indoor air quality specialists at Baylor today.