Why is Air Quality So Important?

air-qualityThere are many factors that contribute to the overall air quality in your home, including the temperature, the humidity level and the air purity. Each of these components will have a great impact on your family’s comfort. It is in your best interest to create a fresh and clean atmosphere within your home. Doing so can reduce allergy symptoms and remove stale odors that commonly linger through the household. Everyone needs air, and it makes sense that we want that air to be the best quality possible. Yet, many people don’t put much thought into the air quality in their own home. When you need fresh air, you often think of stepping outdoors. When you spend 90% of your day indoors, doesn’t it make sense to make the air as fresh as possible inside, as well?  On average we spend about a third of our day in our own homes. Set your home up for comfort by bringing in the best air quality possible.

Poor Air Quality and Discomfort in the Home

There are several factors that can cause you to experience discomfort in your own home as a result of poor air quality. The most common cause of poor indoor air quality is biological pollutants.

This includes:

  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Bacteria and other infectious agents

A biological pollutant is a form of living organism that is incredibly small, which allows it to be easily swept into the air and inhaled without immediate notice. As time goes on and more of the pollutants are ingested health issues may develop. Data from major building contractors reveals that approximately half of all homes in the United States actively have biological pollutants contaminating the in-home air supply, with many more homes at risk for this as a result of moisture build-up and debris around the household. Having a pet, living in an older home and not maintaining a regular cleaning schedule can exacerbate the issue.

An additional cause of poor air quality in the home is mold and mildew. This happens when moisture builds up in the home, and is an additional type of biological pollutant. However, mold and mildew can cause more severe health concerns than allergy symptoms or a sore throat, which are common with the pollutants listed above. In Florida, moisture in the home is an incredibly common issue. In fact, it is far more common to experience high humidity levels in the home than it is for dry air to develop. It is important to combat this moisture by taking advantage of dehumidifiers, especially in the winter when the temperature drops and condensation builds up on the windows as the house retains its warmth.

Poor air quality in the home can lead to an overall negative living experience. When your home is not receiving fresh air through regular ventilation it is common for hot and cold spots to develop. This happens as a result of drafty areas of the home or large windows that allow in sunlight in the afternoon. Hot and cold spots are often an indication of the heating or air conditioning system being too small for the home. Poor ventilation throughout the home can often lead to the development of musty smells and lingering odors. Pumping fresh air through the house can help you keep the entire household smelling fresh and feeling clean.

One of the best ways to maintain high quality air in your home is to replace your air filters regularly. Check with the manufacturer for specifics on your own air filters, but most require replacements every month. If you need additional support improving air quality in your home, contact All Weather Contractors for a home consultation.