If you had to guess, would you say the air is cleaner outside or inside your home? Most of us would probably say outside, but disturbingly enough, that’s generally not the case. Indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air and the Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to human health!
With facts as startling as those, you might suddenly be concerned about the safety of the air inside your own home. Fortunately, improving your home’s indoor air quality is simple. Learn more about the effects of poor indoor air quality and how you can make your home’s air healthier today.
Effects of Indoor Air Pollution
The air inside your home could be polluted with harmful substances such as lead, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and harsh chemicals used in conventional cleaning products. More likely, however, you’ll find dirt, dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander – all of which can cause allergies and respiratory issues – circulating through your air conditioning system.
While allergies are annoying to deal with, the effects of poor indoor air quality can be much worse. Pollutants can also lead to lung disease, respiratory infections, asthma and other serious issues. Children, older adults and people with existing respiratory issues are especially susceptible to the negative effects of poor indoor air quality.
How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
Clean or replace your air filters: The filters in your air conditioner are designed to trap pollutants and stop them from circulating through your AC system, but when too many particles pile up, the filter loses its effectiveness. Dust, dirt, pet dander and other pollutant are released back into your air and can build up inside your air ducts as a result. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to replace your filter once a month.
Install a dehumidifier: Humidity occurs when there is excess moisture in the air. When your home’s air is humid, your air handler can becomes a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and algae. A dehumidifier will help to keep your air dryer to eliminate the growth of these pollutants.
Install a UV Light in your air handler: Another way to eliminate mold and bacteria from inside your air handler is by installing an ultraviolet light. UV lights stop these pollutants in their tracks by interfering with their reproductive cycles. When concealed in your air handler, UV light is perfectly safe and won’t harm anything, but the mold and bacteria!
Get Cleaner, Safer Indoor Air Today!
The Air Tech of Central Florida team is here to keep your home comfortable AND safe. Schedule a maintenance visit with one of our professional technicians to give your air quality a boost, or give us a call to discover all the ways we can improve your home’s indoor air!