It goes without saying that you want to breathe clean air in your own home. You might even think of your home as a place where you can enjoy a break from the polluted world outside. Unfortunately, the quality of the air inside your home might not be as great as you’d like. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can lead to a host of health problems, especially for those individuals who already suffer from respiratory problems such as COPD, asthma or allergies. If you or someone in your family suffers from such an ailment, you should seriously consider using air purifiers to cleanse the air inside your home.
Is The Air in My Home Making Me Sick?
Your home should be your sanctuary. It’s frightening to think that the air you are breathing inside your home might be unhealthy. Thankfully, there are a number of steps that you can take to improve IAQ. First and foremost, arrange for a professional HVAC technician to conduct air quality testing. You should make an appointment for testing if you notice any of the following:
- Members of your family suffer from frequent asthma or allergy attacks with no apparent trigger.
- You can smell outdoor, particle pollutants such as smog, car exhaust and industrial fumes in your home.
- You notice that some rooms in your home tend to be much warmer or cooler than other rooms.
- There is a musty or moldy smell in some parts of your home.
- Members of your family frequently cough and sneeze inside even though they are not ill.
Understanding Indoor Air Quality
Poor IAQ is caused by pollutants in the air that you breathe. Many of these pollutants make their way indoors through windows, doorways and leaks in your home. Other pollutant sources can be found inside your home. During an air quality test, the technician will measure the presence of the following types of substances in the air:
- Particle pollutants such as cigarette smoke and smog.
- Chemicals found in carpets, upholstery and draperies.
- Dust, dander and pollen.
- Chemicals found in household cleaning products.
- Mold and mildew.
- Carbon monoxide and other noxious gases.
- The technician will explain the results of all air quality tests in detail. If high levels of carbon monoxide are present inside your home, you will need to leave immediately and stay out of the house until the source of the gas is located. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be life threatening.
Improving Air Quality Inside Your Home
Thankfully, improving IAQ doesn’t need to be difficult. As a first step, get rid of any pollutant sources that can be identified. This might mean switching your cleaning products or placing flowering plants outdoors. You can also use air purifiers in your home. These devices remove pollutants and ensure that healthy air is circulated throughout your home.
At All Temp Co., we believe that you should be able to breathe easy in your home. We are proud to meet the needs of residential and commercial customers throughout the Matthews, NC, area. We will be happy to conduct air quality testing and install air purifiiers in your home.