Indoor Air Quality and Your Environment
If you own a home or business building, it is important that you take the time to ensure a high level of indoor air quality for the health of your family or employees. Clean air means healthier living for your family as well happier employees who have the energy needed to get through a full work day.
A number of factors contribute to the uncleanliness of your indoor air, but you have access to a variety of strategies that you can use to improve its quality.
Factors Contributing to Poor Indoor Air Quality
The type of particulates present in your indoor air depends on a variety of factors. If it’s for your business the type of business that you operate, humidity levels, company practices, and cleaning strategies can all influence the quality of the air as well.
In general, you should consider how the following factors influence how clean the air that your family or workers are breathing:
- Chemicals used causing gases or vapors to be vented
- Radon leaks from the outside
- The presence of high humidity levels and water leaks
- The growth of mildew and/or mold
- The presence of bacteria or fungi
- Pesticides used to keep your plant bug-free
- Dust and dust mites
- Dust from paint, drywall, wood, and concrete
- Cleaning supplies made with substances such as ammonia or bleach
Signs Your Indoor Air Might Make You Sick
If the air within your dwelling contains impurities, you and your family or employees might experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Feeling ill
- Exhaustion on a daily basis
- Difficulty breathing or feeling congested
- Mild to severe headaches occurring on a regular basis
- Eye irritation or redness
- Feeling like you have the flu
Improving the Quality of Your Indoor Air
The first step to improving the quality of your interior air is making the decision to do something about it. For the best results, incorporate as many of the following strategies as possible:
- Use eco-friendly cleaning solutions
- Ventilate your building on a daily basis
- Change air filters on your HVAC system frequently
- Install a dehumidifier if your building has high humidity levels
- Hire a professional to eliminate the presence of mold, mildew, bacteria, or fungi
If you don’t feel qualified to improve the quality of indoor air in your building, a reputable heating and cooling company has the resources needed to do so. Have your interior air evaluated and take the steps needed to improve its quality. Doing so can improve health and increase overall wellness of family members as well as productivity of your company.