Why Your Indoor Air Quality Matters

You might be a true outdoor lover—someone who spends as much time as possible relaxing, eating, socializing, and maybe even working outdoors in the Arizona heat. But if you added up the hours, you probably still spend the vast majority of your time indoors. At least, this is the conclusion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which continues to caution that indoor air is more harmful to breathe than outdoor air. Specifically, the EPA says that “studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor levels.” Healthy adults should be proactive about the quality of their indoor air because it affects every aspect of their lives. People who suffer from allergies, asthma, sinus problems, regular headaches, and upper respiratory infections need to be even more vigilant—and Shamrock Heating & Cooling can help.

Why Healthy Air Matters

Most people take between about 17,000 and 23,000 breaths a day. And most of these breaths—about 90 percent—take place indoors. Of course, you probably take this natural function for granted. But maybe you shouldn't since the air you breathe can:
  • Impact your quality of living, considering that the three most toxic indoor pollutants are carbon monoxide, radon, and secondhand smoke.
  • Affect respiratory health and instigate allergy and asthma symptoms.
  • Alter the frequency, intensity, and longevity of colds and viruses—especially symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and ear, nose and throat irritation.
  • Influence the quality of your sleep, which researchers agree is tantamount to good health.

Step into Gear to Improve Your Indoor Air

As dire as the consequences may seem, they also can be viewed as incentives to improve the quality of your indoor air and begin doing so today. You can make noticeable improvements when you attack:
  • Airborne particles by checking your HVAC filter once a month and replacing it when it is clogged with dust and dirt.
  • Carbon monoxide by ensuring your home is equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, preferably close to the furnace. All gas furnaces release carbon monoxide, but a faltering furnace can emit toxic levels.
  • Dust mites by washing bedding—sheets, pillowcases and blankets—in hot water at least twice a month.
  • Gas-powered tools by operating them in wide open outdoor spaces (and far away from your home's open doors and windows).
  • Insects and rodents by keeping counters and floors free of food crumbs and particles.
  • Mold in bathrooms by running exhaust fans while bathing and showering, promptly mopping up water spills and spraying showers with a 50/50 combination of white vinegar and water once a week.
  • Outdoor allergens and dirt by requiring residents and visitors to remove dirty shoes at the door.
  • Pet dander by bathing your furry friend once a week and regularly vacuuming his or her favorite resting place.
  • Radon by hiring a certified professional to test your home or testing it yourself with a radon kit available at home improvement stores.
  • Secondhand smoke by prohibiting smoking (or at least ushering smokers outdoors).
  • Volatile organic compounds from aerosol sprays and household cleaning products by replacing them with natural cleansers, such as baking soda and vinegar and water.
Ventilating your home by opening the doors and windows to let that comparably fresh air in. You can do that right after you call Shamrock Heating & Cooling for indoor air quality service. We'll be happy to show you how air cleaners and humidifiers can help improve the quality of your home's indoor air so that you can start breathing easier today. For professional indoor air quality services in the Tempe area, contact Shamrock Heating & Cooling today!

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