Indoor Air Quality – Why It Matters and How to Improve It

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Posting Date: May 17, 2018
Posted by: Tom Mosley, Dallas, TX Branch Manager

If you’re a healthy water drinker, you take in about two quarts of H20 every day – and chances are every drop of that water is filtered for your protection.

But what about the 15,000 quarts of air you breathe every day?

Yup, that’s about how much air we take into our bodies from in 24 hours – and since Americans spend almost 90 percent of that time between four walls, the vast majority of that air is coming from the indoor spaces where we work, sleep, play and live.

The problem is that indoor air can be two to 100 times more polluted than outside air!

In today’s increasingly airtight homes and buildings, VOCs, mold, pollen, pet dander, radon, and other contaminants are accumulating more than ever. The sources of this pollution are all around you: emissions from combustion appliances, outgassing from construction materials, chemicals in cleaning and personal care products, outdoor air pollutants (radon, pesticides, etc.) and indoor pollutants (pet dander, dust mites, mold, etc.), to name a few.

Over time, these pollutants can take a toll on your health, leading to problems that include asthma and other chronic respiratory problems, headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.

Five easy ways to improve indoor air quality

The good news is that by taking some simple precautions and making smarter buying choices, you can breathe a little easier – quite literally.

Here are five suggestions for improving indoor air quality in your home:

  1. Replace toxic cleaners with natural alternatives – Vinegar and baking soda are great natural cleaning agents that cut grease, clean drains, kill germs, and more. Check out these cool tips for using natural products to clean your bathroom.
  2. Choose healthier home improvement products – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paint can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment. You’ll pay a little more for low-VOC paint, but it’s a much healthier alternative. Look for mold resistant building materials, too.
  3. Green it up – Plants not only look great, but they also absorb toxic chemicals through their leaves, and toxic vapors through their roots and soil bacteria.
  4. Maintain your HVAC system – Sign up for a Broward Service Plan to keep your HVAC system working properly and the air moving freely throughout your home (a professional duct cleaning can also do wonders for removing mold risks).
  5. Consider a whole house air cleaning solution – An ultraviolet (UV) germicidal filter system can kill up to 87 percent of all airborne bacteria and up to 99.9 percent of all airborne mold spores. The filters are so effective against fungus, mold, bacteria, and viruses that hospitals, laboratories, and commercial kitchens use similar units to protect their indoor air!

    A germicidal filter system can be installed quickly and help improve your air quality year-round – contact us today to learn more about it.

Let Broward help your family breathe easier – contact us today for an HVAC tune-up, or to get a FREE, no obligation estimate on indoor air quality equipment for your home!

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