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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Who Should be Concerned about Indoor Air Quality?

The average person spends about 90 percent of his or her time indoors, according to the EPA, no one should overlook the importance of indoor air quality. Common health effects related to the exposure of poor indoor air quality include headaches, dizziness, nausea, allergy attacks, and irritation of the nose, eyes, throat, and lungs.

People with allergies.While most people with allergies stay indoors to mainly avoid pollen and spores, indoor air quality may not be much better, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Eight out of ten people are estimated to have house dust mites and six out of ten are regularly exposed to pet dander.

People with asthma.The air quality in a house is critical to someone with asthma because there are a lot of conditions that trigger asthma attacks, according to the EPA. Triggers vary differently from person to person, but dust mites, mold spores, pets, household irritants and second-hand smoke are common triggers, according to the EPA. The most important thing you can do is find and control asthma triggers.

People with upper respiratory conditions.Someone who is battling an upper respiratory infection or simply has upper respiratory congestion, poor indoor air quality can make their condition significantly unmanageable.

We Can Help Improve Air Quality

Pollens are difficult to avoid, as they cannot be eliminated from the atmosphere but there are a number of ways we can help you improve the quality of the air in your home and lessen the exposure to such triggers. We’re happy to talk to you about our products that could make things a lot more comfortable in your home. Here are a few possibilities:

Home air cleaners. We can install a home air cleaner that will work to remove pollen, bacteria, mold and mildew and dust mites from the air. A home air cleaner installs directly to your heating and cooling system. They are designed to clean and purify the air you breathe in your home. Unlike filters, which must be cleaned or replaced every few months, a home air cleaner only requires yearly maintenance.

HEPA Filters. You can increase the amount of indoor pollution filtered out by your air and heating systems by using HEPA filters. These High Efficiency Particulate Air filters are designed to trap a greater percentage of the microscopic particulates floating through your home.

Home Humidifiers. Maintaining a humidity levels between 40 and 60 percent in your home is recommended by the EPA. When the air is too dry, that can aggravate respiratory conditions. Regular exposure to dry air makes your throat dry and scratchy and can make it more likely that your family develops colds or the flu. A home humidifier is another way to improve your home’s indoor air quality.