Dismissing Myths Regarding Indoor Air Quality in Woodriver, IL.
For most of us, a significant portion of our life is spent indoors. In fact, many of us are only outside when we’re moving from one indoor place to another. While we may only have so much control over the indoor air quality at our workplace, understanding how to promote clean air in our homes can have a big impact on our overall health and quality of life.
Myths Regarding Indoor Air Quality
Myth #1: Indoor Air is Cleaner than Outdoor Air
When we think of air pollution, we tend to picture enormous industrial smokestacks or cars moving in gridlock traffic. Unfortunately, the indoors is hardly a refuge from air pollution. In fact, according to the EPA, the levels of indoor air pollutants are two to five times higher than outdoor levels. In some cases, indoor air may have up to 100 times more pollutants than outdoor air.
Myth #2: To Freshen the Air, Spray Some Air Freshener
While our favorite air freshener can make a room feel cleaner, it does little or no good for the actual air quality. Most air fresheners contain a mixture of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fragrances that temporarily cover up odors. In some people, especially kids and older adults, these VOCs are associated with a higher risk of asthma. In other words, air fresheners do nothing to remove offensive odors and pollutants from the air you breathe, but they do add more chemicals to the mix.
Myth #3: Improving Indoor Air Quality is Expensive
There are several steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home, many of which are completely free. As much as Bethalto’s weather permits, open the windows of your home to allow ventilation. Dust regularly, vacuum carpets and upholstery at least weekly, and bathe your pets as needed. These small measures go far in promoting clean air.
In addition to these steps, it may be time to consider how your HVAC system impacts your indoor air quality. Ensuring that new equipment is installed by a professional, changing your air filter regularly and that annual tune-ups are scheduled can help you be sure that the air circulating through your home is clean. At B & W Heating and Cooling, we specialize in providing routine maintenance like tune-ups. Talk to us today about how your HVAC system can promote good indoor air quality.