Indoor Air Quality: Impact on Health
As summer comes to a close, cold and flu season is upon us. While many homeowners go to the doctor or pick up over-the-counter cold remedies, lots of people overlook one of the key factors when it comes to “getting sick” and getting better: their home’s indoor air quality. Sooner or later, every homeowner will have to deal with some kind of indoor air quality and comfort issue. Those issues can greatly impact your home’s environment as well as your health and safety. A lot of those issues can be kept at minimum with regular furnace, air conditioning and HVAC maintenance by an experienced HVAC technician. In combination with frequent service, the use of air cleaning devices like air-purifiers and dehumidifiers can get rid of bad air. This can also greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Our team at Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating is happy to share our insight on ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality that will positively impact your health.
Poor Indoor Air Quality and Bad Health
According to the EPA, the air in your home can be more than 5-times more polluted than the air you breathe when you are walking outside. We often think of disease as being brought in by members of the household, contracted at school or work and brought back home. We don’t often think about how the home itself can affect the health of its occupants. Once disease has entered your home, it’s not uncommon for it to make the rounds from family member to family member. This means lots of people will be making their recovery mostly at home.
And the home can have a big effect on recovery. It doesn’t take too much thought to realize that a clean house will have a positive effect when you’re getting over an illness–that’s one of the reasons hospitals are so sterile! But even if your home looks clean, the air itself might not be. Hospitals use industrial scrubbers and filters to keep their air pure, and they stay up-to-date on their HVAC maintenance. It’s just another part of preventing disease and promoting health inside the building.
Poor Ventilation, and Moisture and Humidity Levels
Lack of proper ventilation makes air circulation impossible. Dirty air gets trapped inside your home while no fresh, clean air can come in. The result is a stale and stagnant environment full of harmful contaminants. On the other hand, moisture and humidity levels are also commonly caused by poor ventilation. This not only affects your comfort but also the air you breathe. High humidity levels create an ideal environment for contaminants (mold, mildew, bacteria and germs) to grow. Because of poor ventilation those contaminants are then released into your home instead of outside and can directly affect your well-being. On the other hand, low levels of moisture in the air can irritate your skin, give you a sore throat and cause other issues to your respiratory system. Another sign of dry air are static shocks, which are never pleasant.
Because HVAC circulates air throughout the home, it can also circulate contaminants pretty effectively. If there are illness-promoting substances in the system, your HVAC will disseminate those substances throughout the home. That’s part of why it’s important to stay on top of HVAC maintenance, especially air filter replacement.
Mold and mildew aren’t the only concerns when it comes to this sort of thing. Your HVAC also pulls air from the outside into your home. If that air isn’t clean (say there are some nasty chemicals near the intake, or lots of smoke in the air) the system is going to pull it in and spread it around your home. Taking a look at air intake is an important part of HVAC inspection; we want to make sure the intake is clear of debris and isn’t bringing in anything harmful to your health.
Learn more about your home’s indoor air quality
No matter what your needs, we hope you’ll keep your home air quality in mind during flu season. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating is proud to service the San Antonio area for all your indoor air quality and air conditioner repair service needs.