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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

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The indoor air quality in your home is important for your family’s health, and lots of factors can negatively affect it. These include pets, household cleaning materials, and contaminants from outside. It isn’t healthy to live surrounded by pollen, dust mites, mold, bacteria, and chemicals. Because your home is an enclosed space, air pollutants are often present in much higher concentrations than outside. They can cause problems such as allergies, asthma attacks, and more serious respiratory diseases. Thankfully, there is a range of proven and simple ways to keep your home’s air clean, such as buying some plants to improve ventilation. Contact the experts at Pruitt Heating and Air so you can get your indoor air quality assessed today.

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You spend a lot of time in your home. You sleep, eat, and play. Some even work from home. Air quality in your home is very important for you and your family’s health. Most indoor pollutants are invisible and don’t produce an odor. Indoor pollutants can cause health issues such as burning eyes, sore throat, headaches, dizziness, etc. People with allergies are very sensitive to many indoor pollutants. Long-term exposure can cause health issues.

Sources of indoor pollution

Depending on the age of your home, there could be pollution from building and furniture materials that give off chemicals. This is especially true of newly installed flooring, upholstery or carpet. Pressed wood products can also pollute the air. A fireplace will send smoke throughout the house even with it properly vented. Cleaning products can pollute the air quality. Many people use natural cleaning products to help reduce pollution from cleaning products. Second-hand tobacco smoke not only pollutes the air but leaves a film on the walls, furniture, etc. Even dust can cause health issues for those allergic to dust and dust mites.

How to improve air quality

As shown from the above infographic, you can improve your home air quality by cleaning/changing your filtration system on a regular basis. Houseplants help by removing many pollutants and providing oxygen. Be sure to keep the leaves of your houseplants cleaned once a month to reduce dust. Dusting your furniture and vacuuming/cleaning the floors once a week will help keep the dust level down. Cleaning under your furniture at least once a month will remove dust, pet hair, and other pollutants that have settled under the furniture. Make sure your air vents are open and are not blocked by furniture.  Weather permitting, it is great to open up the windows and let fresh air in.

These are just a few suggestions to help you get and keep the air in your home at the highest quality.