The indoor air quality in your home is important for everyone. But for people who suffer from respiratory issues, easily triggered allergy symptoms, and asthma attacks; having good indoor air quality is much more important. In the air ducts alone, there is dust, dust mites, hair, animal hair or fur, dander, along with moisture, mold spores, mildew, renovation matter, cigarette smoke and a plethora of outdoor air pollutants. With all these things circulating throughout the home, improving the overall indoor air quality of your home is especially important. American Hometown Services shares the benefits of good indoor air quality, and tips on how you can improve yours.
Benefits of Improved Indoor Air Quality
1. Breathing made simpler. Without even being aware of it, trying to breathe through poor quality air is restricting the necessary quantity of air that is adequate for the body to perform at peak performance. Surviving on the shallow breaths puts a great strain on the heart and lungs. With clean indoor air your breathing is not restricted, and your body is getting the sufficient air it needs.
2. Improved sleep. During our slumber, our breathing pattern adjusts, the rate decreases and the tempo is steady. But if you are enduring REM sleep, the breathing is the same as wakeful hours. When the breathing is unable to be regulated accordingly, not only is your breathing suffering, but as a result your sleep is disrupted, leaving you with restless nights. Improved air quality can contribute to more restful nights.
3. Allergy reduction. In many ways to improve the indoor air, you inadvertently minimize the allergens that are triggering the symptoms associated with allergies. In recent reports, it is estimated that 10%-30% of Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Symptoms include; sneezing, irritated eyes, congestion, and itchy throat. The most common causes are; dust, animal dander, mold spores, cockroach debris, and pollen. All these allergens float in the air, and often settle on surfaces throughout the home. Doing what you can to minimize the allergens can reduce frequency and severity of your allergy symptoms.
4. Reduce energy and costs. Much of the fixing is done in the HVAC system of your home. Getting the air up to par will also improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.
Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality
1. Repair holes, cracks and crevices on the exterior of your home, along with damaged vents.
2. Have your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 years by a professional.
3. Remember to clean or replace your HVAC system filter every 3 months at a minimum, but once a month if smokers, pets and respiratory issues are present.
4. Keep the home dusted and floors vacuumed, swept and mopped as needed.
5. Keep the odor causing activities to a minimum, like cooking fish, smoking inside, and other related activities.
6. Keep humidity balanced. The indoor humidity levels should be around 45%. Keeping the balance can improve the overall indoor air quality. Too much moisture in the air can make breathing labored, not enough can irritate the skin, dry out the nose and throat, contribute to nose bleeds, static shock, and of course promote a bad hair day. Utilizing humidifiers or dehumidifiers can help to achieve overall air quality.
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