Why is Air Quality Important?
Just as air pollution outdoors can affect our health and environment, the same holds true for indoor air. In fact, a study conducted by the United States EPA found that indoor air pollutants are generally 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor pollutants. These pollutants can pose a number of health risks to you and your family, especially young children, older adults, and those with underlying health problems.
A few common symptoms of poor air quality to be on the lookout for are:
- Sinus congestion
- Shortness of breath
How Can I Test My Home’s Air Quality?
If you suspect your home may have decreased air quality, you can check in a few ways. You can find air quality test kits online and perform them at home yourself, but keep in mind these aren’t always very comprehensive. These DIY tests may be okay to check for one or two allergens or pollutants but may not cover all of them.
Hiring an air quality testing professional is a more costly but more effective option. Hiring a professional to come to your home and test the air quality is your best bet to ensure you’ve checked for all possible allergens and/or pollutants. Understanding what’s causing the poor air quality in your home can guide you in improving it.
How Can I Improve the Air Quality in My Home?
Poor air quality can be caused by a number of factors, including outdoor pollutants, cleaning supplies, radon, secondhand smoke, and more. You can do several things to not only improve the quality of your home’s air but prevent it from decreasing, too. This includes:
- Ensuring the air filter on your homes heating/AC system is frequently changed, and the system itself is cleaned every six months of operation
- Improving ventilation
- Bringing fresh air into the home through a fresh air intake system or opening windows
- Installing an air filtration or purification system
- Frequently vacuuming and cleaning
- Using safe chemicals in the home
- Utilizing a dehumidifier
Air Filtration Systems
Air filtration systems, or air purifiers, work to reduce and remove contaminants from the air in your home, including dust, pollen, second-hand smoke, and more. Smaller ones can be purchased online or in stores, but installing a full system may be beneficial for those with asthma, allergy issues, and more.
How BDL Can Help
BDL Heating & Cooling offers the installation of various air filtration solutions, including the iWave air filtration system, which has been proven to have a 99.4% reduction rate when tested against COVID-19. Click here to learn more about our air filtration systems or contact us at (508) 643-5114.