Indoor Air Quality: Is Your Home Making You Sick?
Your home is your sanctuary—your family’s safe zone from the dangers of the outside elements. But, what if your home isn’t actually as safe as you envisioned?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is often two to five times and occasionally, more than 100 times polluted than outdoor air—and most of us spend as much as 90% of our time indoors.
Does your home fall into this category?
Indoor Air Quality vs. Your Body’s Health
Paying attention to your home’s wellbeing is the key to preventing and eliminating respiratory ailments and health issues that are triggered by poor indoor air quality. These health problems include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritated eyes, respiratory infections, ear infections, itchy or irritated throat, common colds, the flu, asthma flare-ups, and allergies.
The Root of the Problem
How did this pollution accumulate? Since today’s homes are super-sealed for maximum energy savings, our houses are transformed into a bubble, where bacteria and pollutants can build up.
There are many sources of indoor air problems in homes, including:
- Household cleaning products
- Disinfectant sprays and deodorizers
- Building materials and home furnishings
- Mold, allergens, dust mites and pet dander
- Humidification devices
- Outdoor sources, such as radon, pesticides and air pollution
Fortunately, homeowners can improve their home’s air quality with some do-it-yourself (DIY) tricks and top-quality product installations.
Improving Your Air—Your Own Way
Common DIY practices and simple changes in an individual’s everyday routine can improve a home’s indoor air quality rather swiftly.
- Refrain from smoking inside.
- Introduce indoor plants to your home’s indoor environment to assist with air purification.
- When possible, leave windows open to help with natural ventilation.
- Wash your sheets, towels, pillow covers and blankets in hot water on a weekly basis. Dust mites thrive on humidity and warmth, making it crucial that these items have been thoroughly dried before being returned to their designated spots.
- To further avoid dust mites, schedule it in your calendar to vacuum and dust your home weekly or bi-weekly, at best.
- After showering, towel your body off before getting out of the bathtub, helping to avoid your bath mat’s exposure to excess water and moisture, which is an ideal feeding ground for dust mites
- Switch your home cleaning products to less contaminating alternatives. Look for cleaning products marked “green” or switch to home cleaning remedies altogether. For example, use the mixture of vinegar and water to clean glass, switch to baking soda when in need of an abrasive scrubbing product, and when in doubt, turn to the old-fashioned combination of soap and water for your household chores.
Improving Your Air—The DS Heating & Air Way
DS Heating & Air doesn’t try to eradicate the symptoms; we aim to diagnose the source of the pollutants, and then determine which of our various air filtration systems or air quality products will effectively eliminate pollutants from homes for good.
Our indoor air quality products and services include:
- UV germicidal light systems and UV light disinfecting systems are low-maintenance devices that are installed in the ductwork of a home’s heating and air system. These systems use safe ultraviolet (UV) light levels to kill biological contaminants—viruses, mold and bacteria—that managed to escape the furnace’s filter or the traditional air cleaning system.
- High-performance whole-house air purifiers and cleaners work with your HVAC system to remove 99% of pollutants in your home’s air—improving both your indoor environment and the functionality and longevity of your HVAC system. This approach is beneficial for homes that have one or more pets, heavy dust accumulation, family members with worsening allergy and asthma symptoms, or are located within close proximity to a construction site, dirt road, or a forested area.
- Whole-house humidifies work in tandem with heating and cooling systems to regulate moisture levels, providing the right amount of moisture in the air to soothe sinuses, improve your family’s comfort, lower costly utility bills, and increase your HVAC system’s efficiency.
Make Your Home Safe Again
DS Heating & Air’s experts make improving your home’s indoor air quality our company’s top priority. Our Comfort Maxx HVAC performance testing will accurately provide a cost-efficient, unique indoor air quality solution that fits your budget and efficiently works for your home’s specific needs.
To learn more or to schedule a free installation estimate, give us a call 661.231.8118 or inquire online today!