What you can’t see can make you sick!

In today’s air-tight homes, Indoor Air Quality is a big health concern. Most household dust contains dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen, and pet dander. A lot of these contaminants are floating through your central air system in your home and can increase the problems of asthma, allergies, and can make you sick!

The Problem With Indoor Air

Indoor air pollution is considered by the EPA to be America’s No. 1 environmental health problem. Tightly sealed homes may be more energy efficient, but they also trap pollutants and microbes indoors causing allergies, odors, mold and illness.

Consider the following steps to keep healthy in your home.

1) Find and eliminate the sources of pollution: Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air is to get rid of all the sources or reduce them.

2) Ventilating: Getting more fresh air brought indoors helps reduce pollutants inside. When weather permits, open windows and doors, or run an air conditioner with a whole house cleaning system installed with the vent control open. Bathroom and kitchen fans that exhaust to the outdoors also increase ventilation and help remove indoor air pollutants. Always ventilate and follow manufacturers’ instructions when you use cleaners, paints or equipment that may release contaminates into the indoor air.

3) Changing air cleaning filters regularly: Central heaters and air conditioners have filters to trap dust and other pollutants in that work best when changed frequently.

4) Make sure to have your heating and air conditioning system regularly checked out by a qualified air conditioning and heating contractor.

5) Adjusting humidity: The humidity inside can affect the concentrations of some indoor air pollutants. Find out from your HVAC professionals at Snellville Heating and Air, serving Walton County, what the best level of humidity should be for your home.