It’s no secret that breathing is an essential part of life. It’s an innate action that our bodies naturally do all day, every day, and we never give it a second thought. As important as it is, the quality of the air we breathe is something we should be more aware of. Higher home air quality is extremely beneficial to your health and is very achievable for homeowners.
Here is a little about air pollutants that could be harming your family and how to combat them and breathe easier!
The average American spends 87% of their life indoors. With that amount of time inside, the fresher the air you’re breathing, the better! Along with dust, dirt, bacteria, and pollen, other pollutants in your home may include:
Your furry friends are cute and cuddly until your sinuses begin to take notice. Pet dander is tiny flecks of skin that are shed by your pets and sit in the air and on surfaces. As your body attempts to keep these pesky flecks out of your nose, throat, and eyes, these body parts become irritated, causing sneezes, coughs, and itchy, watery eyes.
Mold and Mildew
As Floridians, I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity! The humid climate of Florida creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Like pet dander, mold can cause allergy-like symptoms for your family, and in many cases cause higher risk complications like lasting allergies, asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
Carbon monoxide is another common air pollutant homeowners face. It is caused by natural gas that invades your home before it can be burned off.
Carbon monoxide poisoning side effects may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak in your home, vacate and immediately contact emergency services.
Smoking indoors is something that will definitely affect your air quality. The smoke will settle on everything and seep into carpets and furniture. Second-hand smoke can cause respiratory infections, asthma, and ear infections. If you’re a smoker or you live with one, encourage them to take their smoke breaks outside!
Increasing Air Quality
Thankfully, there are easy and effective ways to combat all of these pollutants and protect your family from their harmful effects.
Filters and Alarms
Filters on your heater and air conditioners are there to protect you from pollutants by catching them before they have a chance to circulate through your home’s air. Change them out every three months or so to keep your air clean and to extend the life of your HVAC systems as a clogged filter is bound to make your unit work harder to pump out air.
Additionally, be sure you’re checking and recharging batteries for your carbon monoxide alarms to stay alerted of any changes in levels in your home.
With a busy schedule, it’s easy to fall behind on your cleaning to-do list. However, the cleaner your home, the better your breathing can be. Regular dusting will prevent extra dirt from being swept into the air and recirculating, and carpet and furniture cleanings will do the same!
This step can be a little trickier for us Florida residents. I mean, if we could control the humidity levels outside, we would! Indoors, keep your home humidity down with dehumidifiers. Also remember to use ventilation fans when cooking or showering, fix leaky pipes as soon as possible, and hang your laundry outside to dry! Your dryer is essentially a humidifier, adding more moisture to your air with every load.
While you clean the rest of your home, allow Executive Air Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration to clean your air ducts! Dust and debris filled air ducts are only worsening your air quality by recirculating your pollutants over and over. A duct cleaning will also:
- Decrease mold growth
- Rid your home of any unwanted pests
- Relieve your family of allergy-like symptoms
Contact Us Today
Executive Air Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration is your HVAC team from Fort Walton Beach, Florida ready to take on your heating, cooling, and refrigeration needs. Whatever your problem, we’ll help you find the solution! Give us a call at (850) 220-2001 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.