Most of us assume that the air inside our homes is good enough to breathe. In many homes, you can find that the doors and windows are shut tightly to avoid the pollutants from outside coming inside, but the fact is that it doesn’t make your indoor air quality, or IAQ, any better. Studies show that the air quality inside homes is worse than outside. The bad quality of air can be the cause of many illnesses, especially those related to respiratory organs. This is why it is better to know the factors that affect the air quality inside your homes.
There are three main factors you need to know:
Chemicals are the worst pollutants. The ones that are most present in your homes are called volatile organic compounds (VOC) and they come from common products you use such as paint, home cleaning products, aerosols, wood preservatives, and the burning of coal or kerosene. These chemicals are present in all homes and are the main reasons for causing respiratory problems as they are floating in the air that you breathe.
You can mitigate some of these factors by storing paint and other products outside the house. When you use them, make sure that you keep the house well-ventilated. You can also check the VOC content in the cleaning products that you buy. There are products available that don’t contain any VOC. When you buy furniture make sure that you check the specifications for such chemicals.
Dust is another major reason for bad air quality in the house. Dust mites thrive on dead skin cells. A speck of dust can contain hazardous things such as dead cells, mold spores, and pet dander. All these can cause allergic reactions in the body. You can experience poor sleep due to respiratory problems as a result of tightness of the chest leading to difficulty in breathing. Wheezing is another common problem associated with dust and allergens.
An air filtration system is the best solution for dust. It will absorb almost all of the dust and keep the air pure. If you are using an air purifier it is better to keep the doors and windows closed so that you can free the room from all dust. A good dust purifier will trap all the dust and keep the air safe for you to breathe.
- Humidity and Temperature
The other factors that are bound to reduce your air quality are humidity and temperature. Humidity promotes the growth of mold and mildew that will affect your health. High and low humidity is bad for your health. The humidity should be maintained between 30 and 50 percent. Furnaces, air conditioners, and other heating and cooling equipment give you control over the temperature within your home and can assist in adjusting humidity. For full control over your home’s humidity, a whole-house humidifier can be installed.
We are your local trusted indoor air quality and air filtration specialists. You can count on us to help you keep the air your family breathes as clean and safe as possible. Call Debord’s today for an appointment with one of our IAQ specialists at 440-286-6002.