Residential Indoor Air Quality: A Health Booster or Silent Killer

When it comes to keeping ourselves and our families healthy many of us consider the foods we eat, how much exercise we get and possibly even what chemicals affect the outside of our bodies. There is one thing that can have a great effect on your health that you may not have considered, the air we breath in our own homes. A home’s indoor air quality is an important piece of the health puzzle.

The air we are breathing in while living in our homes can actually affect our health in many ways and there are many things that contribute to our homes indoor air quality. These things may include outside allergens, dirt, dust, and pet dander. It may also include chemical gasses that come from furnishings and paint in our homes, as well as mold and mildew.

If you have family living in your home that have compromised health, whether it be to upper respiratory problems or a compromised immune system, the air in your home could be a major factor. Actually, no matter if you are currently sick or you feel completely healthy, what every homeowner should really consider how our home’s indoor air quality can affect our health in the long term.

Poor indoor air quality can contribute to many health issues, these may include;

  • Repeated Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Allergies
  • Long Term Health Issues

As you can see poor air quality can quickly make life miserable.

Boosting the Health of Your Home

The good news is that you can have some control over your indoor air quality. One basic thing you can do is to have good filters installed in your HVAC system and make sure these filters are regularly switched out or cleaned.

Another thing you can do to help make sure clean air is entering your home is to have your ducts cleaned at least once a year. Your air ducts can gather dust, dander, and allergens and blow them straight back into your home, contaminating your air. Cleaning your ducts regularly will help eradicate the build-up and help to keep the air coming into your home cleaner.

If you wish to have a permanent solution to this issue, you may want to look at having an air filtration system installed in your home. These systems work to filter out allergens and chemicals in your home, cleaning the air and making sure that your home is well ventilated. Though this may seem like a costly exercise, it is a long term solution that can help improve your indoor air quality and the health of those living in your home.

If you would like to learn more about your home’s indoor air quality, contact the team at Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions today. (304) 212-2004

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