How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Everyone makes sure that kids wash their hands to avoid spreading germs. However, germs can be spread in your own home in more ways than you might think.

The Center for Disease Control has reported that poor indoor air quality can actually contribute to respiratory diseases such as asthma, or even cause other side effects such as headaches, nasal mucus, and fatigue. There are many unbelievable statistics to back up these findings. The American College of Allergists report that indoor air pollution causes or contributes to 50% of all illnesses. According to the Texas DSHS, indoor air is two to five times worse than outdoor air.

So why is indoor air so polluted?

There are two main factors contributing to poor indoor air quality.

  1. Direct Air Pollutants
  2. Poor Ventilation

Air Pollutants

Some examples of direct air pollutants include certain cleaning solutions, tobacco smoke, unsanitary heating or cooling units, pesticides, etc. Many of these products are found in your home without your knowledge to the short-term or long-term damage they might be causing. Some people are highly sensitive and might start showing side effects after just one exposure to a pollutant. For example, they might experience eye irritation, headaches, or dizziness.

However, some health effects only present themselves years after a long period of extended exposure to a pollutant. These effects are more serious and often less treatable than the others. For example, someone could learn that they have contracted cancer or serious lung or heart disease.

Poor Ventilation

Your air filtration and ventilation systems act as quality control for the air that is carried around your entire home. This is the air that keeps you and your family alive, so it is a good idea to be aware of its quality. There are a few different options when it comes to air filtration.

You can use a basic, disposable fiberglass air filter. This is a very common choice, because it is incredibly economical. This type of air filter will definitely keep larger particles from getting through, which will keep large amounts of dust and dirt out, but it will do nothing to actually clean the air and rid it of harmful germs.

It is up to you to examine your air filtration needs and determine which resource will best take care of your home or building.