Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Breathe In, Breathe Out

How isyour indoor air quality? Yes, that is a real thing! If you have noticed yourself coughing, sneezing, rubbing itchy eyes or sniffling more often than usual, you may want to check out your indoor air quality. If your air inside of your home is polluted with lots of dust, dirt and dander then it is time to take care of that immediately!

Sometimes you can find the freshest air outside, but wouldn’t it be nice to have that same fresh air inside? Start out by calling your local home ventilation and air conditioning company and ask them to do a quick inspection of your home. They can usually pinpoint where the most pollution in your air is coming from. If you call to schedule a maintenance visit, the professionals will most likely clean the condensation drains and air handling components. If the condensation drain is clogged, it will contain algae, which will be pushed back into your home rather than outside and replaced with fresh air. Yuck!

Your HVAC system most likely has an air purifier installed within it. These help to kill pollen, germs and mold spores. Air purifiers filter your air up to 8 times per hour. In addition to air purifiers being a pretty important part of your home, you should consider purchasing a humidifier.

Humidifiers help to bring moisture back into the air in your home. If your indoor air quality is poor and dry, you will have a sore throat and will end up coughing even if you are not actually sick. The humidifier will need to be cleaned regularly. This is important! If you do not clean it often, it will produce mold and that mold will be pushed into the air when you use the humidifier. This can be dangerous and hazardous to your health as well as any other family members in the home.

So, what is on your to-do list? Will you have a technician come out and evaluate the indoor air quality in your home? I recommend scheduling regular maintenance appointments to make sure your HVAC system is up and running efficiently all the time. That will definitely help with the air quality! Next time you are at a Walmart or Target (or any other store, really), make sure you check out the humidifiers. They are so handy! Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season without the coughing and sneezing!


Hiba Yuki said...

Humidifier tops my to buy list every winter, still haven't bought it 😕