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How Can Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Health?

With more and more people spending time indoors, homeowners are looking for ways to improve the cleanliness and safety of their space. Maybe this looks like cleaning your counters or vacuuming more often, but you might be surprised to learn that the air moving throughout your home can not only affect the cleanliness of your space, but also your health! According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outdoors, as pollutants are not as thoroughly ventilated. This means you could potentially be breathing in debris and even airborne contaminants like bacteria and even viruses.

Types of contaminants in your air can include:

  • Dirt, dust, and debris
  • Pollen, pet dander, and other allergens
  • Mold and mildew
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from chemicals like paint stripper or household cleaners
  • Bacteria like E. coli
  • Viruses
  • Smoke

Exposure to these pollutants over time can cause or contribute to an increase in allergy symptoms, cause headaches and dizziness, increase respiratory illness and infection, and even lead to more serious side effects like a greater risk of lung cancer.

5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality Today!

The idea that some or all of these contaminants are in your home might be alarming, but there are some simple things you can do today that will boost the quality of your indoor air.

5 simple ways to improve your home’s air:

  1. Increase your ventilation: An easy—and free—way to combat poor indoor air quality is increasing your home’s ventilation. Open a window or two and turn on a ceiling fan on a consistent basis. While this might seem “too simple” the CDC is even on board, listing increased ventilation as a way to combat the spread of the recent Coronavirus outbreak.
  2. Maintain your HVAC systems: Proper care of your HVAC systems includes cleaning filters and checking for any lodged debris. Cleaning your system and replacing your filters when needed ensures contaminants aren’t being pushed through your home via your heater, AC, or ductwork.
  3. Invest in an air purifier: A whole home air purifier installed by skilled professionals can do wonders for your indoor air. Newer models can not only clean your air—reducing your exposure to bacteria and viruses, but also are quiet, come with stellar warranties, and require little maintenance.
  4. Monitor your humidity levels: High humidity is an invitation for pollutants like mold to grow. Keeping your space withing the 30-50% humidity level recommended by the EPA can be as easy as increasing ventilation and installing a humidifier/dehumidifier.
  5. Clean your carpets and rugs: Carpets and rugs can trap contaminants, leading to buildup, and releasing these pollutants back into the air anytime someone steps on them. Cleaning these areas once a week is a way of avoiding that buildup.

At Coventry & Gattis Air Conditioning, Inc. we have been providing homes throughout Grapevine 5-star heating, cooling, and indoor air quality solutions for over 45 years. We have the tools and expertise to help you feel fresh and comfortable at home.

Our team is ready to solve your every indoor air quality concern. If you are looking to learn more about ways to improve your air quality or, you’re ready to schedule an appointment to install one of our whole home air purifiers, call us today at (817) 854-4003.