Defining Indoor Air Quality
National Wellness Month happens to correspond with a heat wave that is sweeping the nation. The heat sends families scrambling away from outdoor summer activities back inside to take advantage of the home’s air conditioning. One of the benefits of summer is the opportunity it allows people to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. But, when it gets too hot, families find themselves back inside, exposed to low-quality air.
Indoor air is proven to be more polluted than outdoor air, bringing multiple negative consequences. This summer, don’t fall victim to low-quality air. Take advice from local HVAC technicians and keep the air inside the home fresh and healthy.
Health Effects of Low-Quality Air
Homes are engineered to keep nature outside and a climate-controlled atmosphere inside. The downside of this is that the same air is constantly circulating around the house. As it circulates, it picks up odors, dust, and evaporated chemicals like cooking oils and hygiene products. The resulting air can have serious negative health effects like:
- Eye irritation
- Dry sinuses
- Increased incidence of respiratory problems, including asthma and allergies
- Sore throat
Most of these consequences are short or medium-term. Long-term, more serious problems that result from low-quality air can include increased susceptibility to viruses, heart disease, and cancer.
Air Filters and AC Maintenance for High-Quality Air
So what can be done to prevent the effects of poor indoor air quality? In the spring, when temperatures are milder, opening the windows can allow fresh air inside. But, with temperatures soaring outdoors, the only option is to keep the air inside the home cleaner. Two things are necessary to accomplish this: changing the air filter and professional AC maintenance.
Changing the air filter on time is perhaps the best thing a family can do to protect indoor air. High-quality filters remove dust and allergens from the air, leaving the air cleaner and fresher. Air filters should be changed at least every three months to keep the air and AC clean.
Fresh air is only as fresh as the machinery that moves it around the home. Over time, air conditioners become fouled with dust, mildew, and mold. This can lead to chronic health problems for anyone in the house. AC maintenance from a licensed professional can turn back the clock on air conditioners and help them supply only the freshest air to the home, improving indoor air quality.
Air Purifiers and Air Sanitizers
In some cases, good AC maintenance and frequent filter changes aren’t enough to keep the air clean. Portable air cleaners are great options if that is the case in a home. Portable air cleaners are small appliances that remove dust and biological agents from the air, resulting in cleaner and fresher-smelling living spaces.
Remember the difference between air purifiers and sanitizers when shopping for portable air cleaners. Air purifiers focus on removing larger particles from the air like dust, dander, and allergens. Air sanitizers use powerful UV light to destroy biological agents and odors like viruses, bacteria, and cigarette smoke.
About RCL Mechanical
RCL Mechanical is a locally-owned and operated business serving the residents of Taunton, MA, and the surrounding areas. They provide flat-rate pricing, on-time arrival, and 24/7 availability. Call them today for indoor air quality services in Taunton, MA.