Typically when we hear the words “polluted air,” we think of the outside. The truth is, the air you breath in your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Since we spend most of our time indoors, poor indoor air quality can lead to immediate and long-term health problems due to repeated exposure of air pollutants in the home.
Here in Tacoma, poor indoor quality is common during the winter or summer months when the home is more likely to be sealed to keep the air heated or cooled. Common examples of air pollutants include animal allergens, household products, molds, tobacco smoke and pesticides.
Poor indoor air quality can result in a variety of short-term health risks immediately following exposure. These effects include headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. While these immediate reactions are usually short-term and treatable, it can develop into long-term health risks over time. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of acute or chronic health problems, such as respiratory diseases or cancer.
Here are a few quick tips to help improve your home’s indoor air quality and breath easy:
1) Keep it clean
Keeping a clean and tidy home is an easy way to help improve indoor air quality. Try vacuuming and mopping floors at least once a week to prevent dust buildup. If you have a heating and air conditioning system, don’t forget to change out your air filter at least every month. Dirty or clogged air filters restrict airflow and can impact the quality of your air. Another tip is to avoid wearing shoes indoors, as they can track all sorts of toxins from outside that could impact your indoor air quality.
2) Maintain a healthy level of humidity
Mold and mildew grow in humid areas. Be sure there’s proper ventilation in damp areas and keep your home’s humidity at a comfortable 30-50%. High humidity levels promote mold growth, increase the production of dust mites, and musty odors that worsen allergies or asthma. We offer whole-home humidifiers by Trane to help to keep irritating airborne particles from circulating in the air.
3) Invest in a high-quality air filtering system
If you or your family is struggling with health symptoms as a result of poor indoor air quality, consider investing in a whole-house air filtration system. At Tacoma’s Ranger Heating & Cooling, we are more than just heating and air conditioning experts. We are committed to helping you keep your family as safe as possible. We offer efficient air filtration systems by Trane to help remove airborne particles in your home. If you’re interested in learning more about our indoor air quality filtration products and systems, contact us today! Our team is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to guide you to cleaner and more comfortable air.