When you think about pollution, you probably consider it to be an outdoor problem. What most people don’t know is that the air inside a home or building is actually far more polluted than the air outside!
The Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. In some cases, indoor pollutant levels can be more than 100 times worse than outdoors! Indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental public health risks.
In home air quality is a major concern because so much of our time is spent inside, whether it’s at home or at work. Approximately 90 percent of an American’s time is spent inside. With so much time spent indoors, poor indoor air quality can have a great impact on your health. While many people are aware of the problems posed by outdoor pollution, indoor pollution is often overlooked.
With energy conservation and efficiency being issues of great importance to home and business owners, today’s homes and buildings are often sealed tightly in efforts to prevent energy loss. Unfortunately, this can also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Without proper ventilation solutions, not enough fresh air is brought into the space to dilute contaminant concentrations and move contaminants outdoors. High indoor humidity levels and temperatures can also cause pollutant concentrations to increase.
To maintain good health and improve indoor comfort, it is critical that home and business owners control indoor pollutants. There are a variety of HVAC products that can be installed that are designed to control contaminants, such as:
• Air purifiers
• High-efficiency furnace filters
• Ultraviolet lights
• Humidifiers and dehumidifiers
Making certain changes to your habits can also reduce the amount of contaminants which exist in the home or building. Below are some simple changes you can make to improve your indoor air quality:
• Do not smoke indoors
• Use exhaust fans when cooking or showering
• Use natural, chemical-free cleaning products
• Burn soy or beeswax candles instead of petroleum-based wax candles to eliminate soot
• Limit the use of cologne and perfume
• Wash bedding and linens regularly
• Use mattress and pillow covers to control dust mites
• Clean chimneys regularly
Climate Control will evaluate your home’s indoor air quality and offer tested solutions to help you battle the contaminants which are present in your living areas. Contact us today to learn more.