Fight Sickness & Stay Healthy with These Indoor Air Quality Tips

March 10, 2016

Another note. Yes, another note about the sicknesses going around your kids’ school. Croup. Strep. Stomach bug. RSV - Respiratory syncytial virus. Just seeing the words is enough to send mamas and dadas into a panic. The CDC announced that RSV results in an average of 57,527 hospitalizations among kids five and under each year in the USA. So what do you do to help keep your family safe?

Understand Indoor Air Pollution

The CDC warns that poor indoor air quality can advance lung diseases such as asthma and also cause headaches, nausea, and fatigue. In fact, the American College of Allergists report that 50% of all diseases are either caused or intensified by polluted indoor air. The Texas DSHS said that air within homes and buildings can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and in drastic cases, 1000 times more polluted. There are two main causes of poor indoor air quality:

 

  • Pollutants (cleaning agents, improperly maintained or dirty heating and cooling or humidification devises, cigarette smoke, etc)
  • Poor ventilation

 

So all this info – so what? What do you do? How can you make sure you and your little ones aren’t breathing adulterated, disease-inducing air?

Luckily, there are options.

Get Proactive On Air Filtration

Have you ever been irate and had to bite your tongue to keep from saying something awful ? That’s a filter. Have you ever used water from the refrigerator dispenser and had your thirst immediately quenched? That’s the filter. Filters keep toxicity in check and avoid troublesome consequences. You filter your words for peace, you filter your water for health, why wouldn’t you filter your air?

Many hospitals use a high-efficiency air filtration system called HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air), which you can buy for your home if you have a loved one with a low immune system or someone who’s highly susceptible to disease. Even if nobody has respiratory issues in your family, you’ll be instantly surprised by the almost instant change from a basic air filter to a High Efficiency system.

If you don’t feel like a high-grade air filtration system is right for your home, there are several other options to help clean your home’s air. From basic air cleaners to electronic air cleaners, review the chart below to help determine which air filtration and purification system is right for your home.

 

Help Control Germs With Germicidal Systems

Germi-what? Germicidal UV Light Systems help reduce airborne biological contaminants – germs – by safely producing high intensity UV light from within your home’s air flow system. These bacteria-destroying devices can kill germs and even assist in stopping further germs from collecting in your home. According to one study, nearly one of five people with allergies suffer from exposure to fungi and bacteria in their air systems. A UV light unit will help sanitize and disinfect indoor air to help you reach the highest air quality possible.

Optimize Moisture with Humidifiers or Dehumidifiers

Um, don’t those two things do precisely the opposite of each other? Why would I choose one rather than the other? For home comfort, it’s recommended to have the humidity levels between 35% and 50%. Too much humidity can cause microbes, condensation and even wood damage. Not enough humidity can cause dry skin, sinus sickness, fractured wood and sore throats. Depending on what climate you live in, chances are you have too much or too little humidity.

Humidifiers add the right amount of moisture to your home, helping with illness, cracked skin, and warped wood furniture and instruments. Dehumidifiers pull out moisture from your home, helping to eliminate bacteria growth, and improving indoor comfort a great deal.

Don’t Dismiss Duct Cleaning

It’s nearly spring and that means spring cleaning! Don’t exclude your ducts during this rejuvenating time. Since most of our in-home air arrives through our duct system, it’s crucial to keep it from getting dirty with bacteria, mildew, and dust. When you have your ducts cleaned, ask the service tech to check for duct leaks, too. Leaks in the duct system can cause more contaminants to enter your air and flow throughout your home. Confirming they are clean and maintained will help keep your air clean and your children healthy.

Increase Ventilation

With the move to become more energy-efficient, homes are often sealed tighter and insulated carefully and completely to make sure air isn’t escaping while our heating and cooling systems work to keep our home enjoyable. Energy-efficiency is a wonderful thing, but it also means a lower amount of airflow, less circulation, and reduced movement. This can cause the air to become static and contaminants (indoor air pollution) are stuck inside your home’s air – the air you breathe. An air ventilation system observes indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity and constantly brings the required air replacement. This can add 5% to 10% more fresh air every hour, decreasing the concentration of airborne contaminants.

Get A Home Health Report

During your next A/C system tune-up, ask for a complete indoor air quality report from your HVAC contractor. An expert heating and cooling company like Service Experts will provide a copy of your report with professional guidance to address these and other air worries in your home.

So, yes, it’s troubling to know that your kids are being exposed to scary respiratory diseases but next time you get that note from your little ones’ school, wash their hands, cover their cough, and invest in a system to help your indoor air quality be the best it can be.

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