When the topic of air pollution comes up, many will think of factory smoke stacks spewing clouds of pollutants into the air or the stink of auto exhaust pipes. In fact, though, experts say that indoor air pollution is far more concentrated and hazardous to health. Typically, the air indoors is about five times as polluted as the outdoors, but can be as high as 100 times as dirty.
The poor indoor air quality can exacerbate allergies and asthma and other respiratory ailments. Since we spend most of the day indoors, pollution also can be blamed for dry eyes, nausea, fatigue, headaches, and sinus problems. Given that many particulates can enter the blood stream, bad air quality also can lead to strokes, depression, lung cancer, and immune dysfunction. High humidity or temperatures can worsen the problem, and the young and the elderly are most at risk.
Pollutants that can damage the quality of life indoors are many and varied. They can include secondhand smoke, carbon monoxide, radon, dust, pollen, pet dander, and volatile organic compounds from such things as paint, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and even rugs and carpets.
Avoiding the pollution in the first place is one way of improving life indoors. This means not smoking inside, using green cleaning products, and buying furniture that is organic and not treated with chemicals.
Installing high efficiency air cleaners with HEPA filters can be another, major way to effectively combat poor indoor air quality. These cleaners can be large enough to clear the whole house or can be sized down to clean a single room.
Improving ventilation is a prime goal, whether you use a home air cleaner or simply open the windows and use fans to circulate the air inside from outdoors. Most home cooling and heating systems will not circulate fresh air from outdoors mechanically, so additional steps need to be taken.
For more information about how air cleaners can improve your indoor experience, contact the pros at John’s Air Conditioning & Heating Service, LLC. They are the choice for quality home comfort in the Plant City, Lakeland, and Brandon, FL area.