People often spend a lot of their time indoors, whether it’s at work or home. Over the years people have talked off and on about the condition or global warming and air pollution. However, you don’t hear a lot about the quality of indoor air. Even in a place like Maui, people may want to spend a little time indoors if it’s too hot or we get hit with a bout of rain. Or you may work in an environment that requires you to be indoors.
When you breathe in good quality air, you’ll not only feel better but you will have more energy to perform the different tasks required. Also, you will less likely get sick or feel other recurring symptoms that can result in missing out on work or not being able to get things done at home.
How Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Affect You?
When the air quality goes down you may feel mental fatigue, coughing or respiratory infections.
If the air quality in your home seems worse than the outside, you could experience mental fatigue. Sleepiness during the day or a headache that just won’t go away may be a result of poor air quality and a lack of sleep. A sudden feeling of exhaustion or prolonged fatigue without any reason could be a result of poor air quality.
Cough and Airway Infections
If the air quality in your home drops beyond a certain level you could begin to experience various symptoms such as a runny nose or sore throat due to allergies or hypersensitivity due to a change in the air quality.
Poor air quality can also cause Erythema or flushing of the skin and a person can also experience a rash, chapped lips or dry/flaky skin. A change in air quality can affect your skin’s natural moisture, for instance if the air is too dry you may experience scaly skin.
If you experience poor air quality, the effects may come on slow and you may feel any immediate health effects. Kids and the elderly are affected at higher levels and are more sensitive. Preventive maintenance such as maintaining the air ducts can reduce symptoms and restore the air quality in your home.
What Causes Poor Air Quality
You can find some of the most common cause of air pollutants in household cleaners, excess moisture, hairspray or perfume, pesticides. These are just a handful of some of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality. These chemical products pollutes the air and the air quality is drastically reduced. You want to make sure that you have adequate ventilation to improve the quality of your indoor air.
How to Improve The Quality of Your Home’s Indoor Air
Keep your floors clean and use a vacuum cleaner with a strong suction and rotating brushes with a HEPA filter to ensure proper clean up of dust and dirt. For high traffic areas you may want to vacuum the area several times. If you have tile or wood floors, be sure to mop after vacuuming. Keep a floor mat at each entry way of your home to reduce the amount of dirt or pesticides from entering the home.
The level of humidity in your home should be kept at a healthy level such as 30%-50% to keep dust mites and mold under control. A dehumidifier and your air conditioning unit will help reduce the moisture in the air and control allergens. Limit or completely avoid any smoking in your home. If you or a family member smokes, have them smoke outside or better quit!
What You Should Do Now
If you experience poor air quality, the effects could come on slow and you may not feel any immediate health effects. Kids and the elderly are seem to be affected at higher levels and are more sensitive to them.
Preventive measures are always better than treating something after it has happened. Maintaining the air ducts in your home can reduce some of the symptoms and help get your home air quality back to a healthy norm.
We Are Here For You
If you are in need of help with cleaning your air ducts or have general questions call Scott’s Cooling at (808) 877-COOL or visit us online www.scottscoling.com. Not-only do we offer the-best-in-class customer service but we also have our “Fixed Right or It’s Free Guarantee!”.