Indoor Air Quality
Outdoor air pollution is a big problem, especially here in California. It’s not uncommon to worry about the air we’re breathing when we step outside, but what about the air you breathe inside your home? We spend 90% of our time inside, and it’s estimated that indoor air can be up to five times as polluted as outside air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality plays a role in several health issues, including asthma, allergies and lung cancer.
Indoor Air Quality Symptoms
We often confuse signs of poor indoor air quality for allergies or a cold. Just think of how often you cough, sneeze, get dizzy or get tired every day. Do you frequently get nosebleeds, congestion or headaches? Those are also signs of poor indoor air quality.
Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality
There can be any number of causes for poor indoor air quality – outdoor pollution and smoking inside your home and pets are just a few of the big ones. Related to your air conditioning and heating system, however, dirty air filters and dirty air ducts are major contributors to the problem. They cause dirt and dust to fill the air in your home and keep fresh air from reaching you and your family. Dampness can also play a role in indoor air quality. Call Mendez Air Conditioning and Heating for help in detecting the possible sources in your home.
Improving Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Here are just a few things you can do to help improve the air quality inside your home:
- Make sure your air filters are regularly checked and replaced
- Test your ductwork for leaks
- Regularly vacuum and dust
- Invest in a home air purification system