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Everything You Need to Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

Everything You Need to Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

October is National Healthy Lung Month so to celebrate, our team is sharing everything you need to know about your indoor air quality, as well as some tips to help you breathe easier in your home.

What are some common sources of airborne contaminants?

There are many ways your indoor air quality could be negatively impacted by objects or living things in your home. Some more common indoor air contaminants are:

How does poor air quality affect my health?

The average American spends approximately 90% of their lives indoors. Poor indoor air quality means you have more airborne contaminants and particles circulating through your air supply. This can cause irritated noses, eyes, and throats, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. For family members with respiratory ailments such as asthma or allergies, indoor air pollutants can make staying inside as miserable as walking through a field of ragweed.

How does indoor air quality change throughout the year?

Just like the weather changes with each season, so too does our indoor air quality. While Central Florida doesn’t get the same seasonality as other regions in the United States, we do have to deal with humidity more than other areas. Additionally, the longterm effects of climate change are increased precipitation and humidity levels, causing an increase in mold growth—which is linked to over 4 million cases of worsening asthma in the United States alone.

3 Tips to Naturally Improve Your Air Quality

Improving your indoor air quality can be as simple as investing in some houseplants or scheduling regular maintenance for your HVAC system. Keep reading to learn how you can protect the health of your air and your family.

Regularly Change Air Filters

Changing your air filters every 30 to 90 days is probably the most cost-efficient and simple way to take care of your HVAC system and your indoor air quality. Dirty air filters get clogged with dirt, dust, dead skin particles, pet hair, and other debris. If your air filter gets too blocked, your system has to work harder to push the air through the filter—affecting the lifespan of your central air system and recirculating contaminants back into your air supply.

Ventilate Your Home

Opening the windows on a nice day is a refreshing way to circulate new fresh air into your home, but it’s not the only way you can vent out unwanted contaminants. Turn your bathroom fan on for at least 20 minutes after bathing to help vent out excess moisture that could lead to mold and mildew growth. When you’re cooking in the kitchen, use the exhaust fan on your range hood to vent out moisture from steaming vegetables or airborne cooking oils and animal fat.

Vacuum Often

Pet and human hair and dander are some of the most unavoidable airborne contaminants in your home. Changing your air filters regularly will help to reduce the level of these particles, but vacuuming is another simple solution. If you have pets that shed a lot, vacuum once every 1-2 weeks to keep both your home and air quality clean.

 

The team at Fairway Heating & Cooling LLC can help you create a safer indoor environment for your entire family. Contact us at (813) 519-6620 to get a free quote or learn more about indoor air quality solutions we offer in Brandon and the surrounding areas.

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