Air Care 101: Indoor Air Quality & How it Affects Your Health
During these extreme temperature months, our main concern is heating up or cooling down the air inside our homes. The quality of our air, however, is something we often forget about, until it’s bad. Here in New England, we are fortunate to live in an area where our outside air tends to stay clean. If you’ve ever had the chance to live in a country where it is not, you know the struggle of keeping your eyes glued to an air quality app, daily checking whether you’re in the green, and feeling the effects when it slips to orange or red. Breathing in pollutants is harmful, so we are here, partnered with SM Brown Tech, to bring you some helpful tips on keeping your indoor air fresh, clean, and healthy.
New Englanders spend a lot of time indoors when the weather gets unbearable. Heating and cooling systems we run pose an air quality risk if left unchecked or improperly and infrequently maintained. Checking for leaks and failing parts can eliminate risks such as carbon monoxide in the home (a subject we’ve addressed in earlier blogs if you’d like more information.)
When heating and cooling your home, ventilation is vital! Whenever the weather permits, it’s important to open windows or doors and allow outdoor air to circulate through and replace stagnant indoor air. Many heating and cooling systems are equipped with air filters to drop dust and other pollutants. Cleaning and changing these regularly, according to specific instruction, can considerably reduce pollutant levels. Another factor is humidity, something that we are all familiar with in this area’s hot summers. Keeping indoor humidity at between 30 and 50 parent can limit the risk of mold, and other air pollutants hanging around.
epa.gov supplies us with a great list of important control tips:
- Test for radon and fix if there is a problem.
- Reduce asthma triggers such as mold and dust mites.
- Do not let people smoke indoors.
- Keep all areas clean and dry. Clean up any mold and get rid of excess water or moisture.
- Always ventilate when using products that can release pollutants into the air; if products must be stored following use, make sure to close tightly.
- Inspect fuel-burning appliances regularly for leaks, and make repairs when necessary.
- Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm.
Our Broco family is looking out for yours! If you have any questions or concerns about the air quality inside your home, please do not hesitate to call, and soon! Small tips and tricks like these can prevent larger problems in the future. Take action now, and let Broco help!