When you stop to really think about the average amount of time people spend at home (up to 90%!), you realize there are some important steps that should be taken to maintain good air quality for the sake of your allergies, and your overall health.
Here are some ways that indoor air quality can affect allergies, and what you can do to improve it.
What Causes Poor Air Quality?
Poor air quality is caused by particles suspended in the air. Though we often think of air quality as being an outdoor environmental issue – think: car exhaust, factory fumes, etc. – poor indoor air quality can be an issue as well. Everything from cigarette smoke to chemicals emanating from paint, glues, and cleaners can affect indoor air quality, as can pet dander, dust mites, and mould. Indoor air quality problems are sometimes linked to issues with heating and ventilation systems, such as poor air circulation, ineffective filters, or uncomfortable humidity levels.
How Does Indoor Air Affect Allergies?
Did you know that indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality? This is due to the fact that there is often a variety of different pollutants throughout your home that can go unnoticed. Since we spend so much time indoors in such close quarters, this can be more of a concern than temporary exposure to poor outdoor air. Since your heating and cooling systems emit forced air through the home, it is essential that they are properly maintained to help improve indoor air quality.
Poor air quality inside your home is an important matter to address since it can trigger many symptoms which can include: aggravating allergies, chest tightness, shortness of breath, frequent headaches, long lasting colds and even asthma attacks.
How to Improve Air Quality
Improve Ventilation – In the spring and summer, it’s a breeze to open the windows and let fresh air circulate. In the winter when you want to stay cozy inside, it’s essential that your heating system can ventilate your home correctly. The heating experts at Distinct Heating & Cooling can help you with this!
Keep Your Home’s Heating and Cooling Systems Maintained Regularly – Since the forced air in your home is being dispersed throughout, it is crucial that your system is in good shape. Schedule a 30-Point Furnace Service Tune-Up from your Distinct technician before the cold weather kicks in. For optimal performance, replace filters at least every three months.
Our 5-day IAQ testing will help to determine what you are breathing in your home. The testing allows us to offer a variety of solutions: upgraded air filter system, air purifiers, whole home humidity solutions etc.
At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we take indoor air quality seriously. Did you know that we offer in-home testing to analyze air quality in your home? Book Your 5 Day In-Home Air Quality Test today!