How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Home
Most people blame outdoor air pollution for a range of health hazards. But, the harmful effects of living and breathing in poor quality air within the four walls of our homes often go unnoticed.
However, the truth is, indoor air pollution is today a major health concern, affecting people of all ages. A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that indoor air pollution is responsible for 3% of the world's diseases.
That said, here are some things you should know about the indoor air quality of your home and how to improve it.
Ideal indoor humidity is key to health and comfort
The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends regulating the indoor humidity in the range of 30% to 50%. This is because many health problems, including dry nose and throat, itchy skin, and upper-respiratory problems occur when the air is exceptionally dry. Dry air also intensifies the symptoms of asthma and allergies, and it provides ideal conditions for viruses to thrive.
At the same time, excess indoor humidity can cause health issues too. Mold/mildew is number one problem that arises in a high-moisture environment, which can cause severe allergic reactions including nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, etc...
How to strike the right balance? A solution is to invest in a good humidifier that has advanced settings. It can let you create an ideal level of humidity in your home.
An air purifier can help you breathe healthy air
As its name suggests, an air purifier cleanses the indoor air of your home, giving you relief from several health issues, including respiratory illnesses and seasonal allergies. A high-grade air purifier improves the quality of indoor air by filtering out up to 90% of germs, bacteria, pollutants, and tiny suspended particles that your eyes cannot see. Besides disinfecting the air, an air purifier also absorbs unpleasant odors that come from cooking fumes, smoke, and pets.
Poorly maintained HVAC systems can wreak havoc on your indoor air quality
A dirty air conditioning system is hazardous for health, as it can nurture and spread allergens, debris, and dust, contaminating the indoor air quality. The simplest way you can keep your HVAC system clean is by routinely checking the AC's air filters and replacing them when they get dirty. As a general rule, you should clean the filters every month and replace them every six months. To fully improve indoor air quality, get the ductwork of your air-conditioner cleaned by an HVAC expert once a year.
Be aware of these factors and make sure that the air that you and your family breathe in everyday is clean and healthy. Take steps to improve your home’s air quality and you’d be surprised at the difference it can make to your family’s health.