During the cold weather, we shut our doors and window tight to not let the cold air in. But what does that say about the air quality inside your home? We spend so much time inside, but oftentimes, we don’t realize how poor our indoor air quality can be.
Health Risks from Poor Indoor Air Quality
Particle Pollutions and Indoor Allergens
When we clean our homes or have the fireplace going on, particles are bound to be flowing around affecting the air quality. Especially if we have everything shut to keep the heat in, not allowing the particles to escape. The health risks are irritation of the airways, eyes, nose and additional respiratory problems.
Asthma and allergies often start in the home. When your home isn’t clean, dust mites, bugs and pet fur can worsen your health. Here are some ways to reduce indoor allergens:
- Vacuum carpeted areas
- Have pets regularly groomed or brush them outside
- Wipe down surfaces
- Keep food stored in the fridge or pantry and throw away anything that has mold on it
This is a radioactive gas that comes from uranium that breaks down in the soil, rocks, water, and old building materials which then seeps into your home and becomes trapped. This gas is odorless and colorless, so you wouldn’t know it has entered the house. Radon typically enters a home through the foundation or plumbing systems.
Because it’s hard to detect, you’re at risk of breathing in radon gas that can damage your lung cells leading to the possibility of lung cancer. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer according to the EPA.
By keeping our home tight shut from the cold weather, your home might become more humid. When the air has water, it creates mold and mildew which can impact your health. Higher humidity can also have a negative impact on your home and belongings over time.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be found in cleaning products, paints, carpet and furniture. Because we’re focusing on trapping the heat inside, the chemicals can’t escape.
According to the EPA, VOCs can cause health issues such as respiratory illnesses, eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, and nausea.
How to Improve the Air Quality
Now that you know about all the ways your home’s indoor air quality can be negatively impacted this winter weather, here are some ways to improve it:
- Get IAQ products installed in your home to prevent you from getting sick and improve the air quality. Air Clinic San Antonio specializes in products that protect against pollen and other allergens in your home. We sell filtration systems and UV light kits that fit your needs. Our filtration systems remove mold, bacteria, pollen, allergens, dust, etc. from the air. We offer a variety of filtration systems that fit your needs.
- UV light kits are an air purification system that improves indoor air quality by destroying impurities with UV light. It can be placed inside your HVAC system and improved through UV usage. This can also help improve the performance of your HVAC system.
- Run the fan on your central HVAC system to circulate the air..
- Get HVAC maintenance.Your HVAC system needs to be cleaned and the filters need to be replaced regularly in order to improve the air quality in your home.
At Air Clinic San Antonio, we strive to make sure our clients get the best services. Our representatives can tell you more about the San Antonio IAQ and give you information to better the air quality inside your home. Contact us today!