By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,
Americans generally spend a majority of their day inside, so it's important to improve indoor air quality as much as possible inside your home -- an area you have control over. Further compounding the problem, efforts to create an energy-efficient home and keep more conditioned air inside often cause a decrease in indoor air quality.
Poor indoor air quality led to the creation of a now-familiar term: sick building. And while this syndrome might not be the case in your home, poor indoor air quality can lead to increased allergies and asthma symptoms. Further, indoor air pollutants can cause headaches, upset stomachs and serious lung conditions.
The good news is that there are relatively easy ways to improve indoor air quality by controlling the contaminants, and prevent health problems in the future:
- Clean and maintain air ducts. Air ducts harbor dust, one of the most common allergens.
- Install an air purifier. An air purifier won't solve all of your indoor air problems but it is a great start to ridding your home of some of the most common indoor air pollutants.
- Make sure your basement is dry and free of molds or mildews. If you spot mold in your basement, you may need to hire a mold-remediation specialist to remedy the problem.
- Install a dehumidifier to control relative humidity. Ideally, you should strive for a level of relative humidity that's between 30 and 50 percent. Higher humidity levels can cause problems with mold and mildew growth. It can also aggravate allergy symptoms. But lower humidity causes problems, too. When humidity drops below 30 percent, flu viruses spread more easily. Extremely dry air can also irritate and inflame nose and respiratory cavities. In this case, using a humidifier in winter can help improve indoor air quality.
- Test your house for radon. If you find you have a problem, install a radon-mitigation system, and seal any cracks or gaps in the foundation.
To learn more about how to improve indoor air quality in your home, contact Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. Serving homeowners in the areas surrounding the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, we're always happy to help.
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