Fight Sickness & Stay Healthy with These Indoor Air Quality Tips Published on March 10, 2016 Another note. Yes, another note about the sicknesses going around your kids’ school. Whooping Cough. Strep. Influenza. RSV. Just looking at the words is enough to send mamas and dadas into a panic. The CDC reported that RSV results in an average of 57,527 hospitalizations among little ones younger than five each year in the United States. So how do you help keep your family safe? Understand Indoor Air Pollution The CDC warns that poor indoor air quality can lead to lung diseases such as asthma and also cause headaches, dry eyes, and fatigue. In fact, the American College of Allergists report that 50% of all diseases are either caused or intensified by polluted indoor air. The Texas DSHS noted that air within homes and buildings can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and in dire cases, 1000 times more polluted. There are two primary causes of poor indoor air quality: Pollutant substances (cleaning solutions, inadequately maintained or unsanitary heating and cooling or humidification devises, cigarette smoke, etc)Poor ventilation So all this data – so what? What do you do? How can you make sure you and your kids aren’t breathing contaminated, sickness-inducing air? Luckily, you have options. Get Proactive On Air Filtration Have you ever been angry and had to bite your tongue to keep from saying something regrettable ? That’s a filter. Have you ever used water from the refrigerator dispenser and had your thirst immediately quenched? That’s the filter. Filters keep toxicity in check and avoid annoying outcomes. You filter your words for amity, you filter your water for health, why wouldn’t you filter your air? Many hospitals use a high-efficiency air filtration system called HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air), which you can get for your home if you have a loved one with a low immune system or someone who’s extremely susceptible to illness. Even if nobody has respiratory issues in your family, you’ll be very surprised by the almost instant change from a regular air filter to a High Efficiency one. If you’re not sure if a high-grade air filtration system is the best system for you, there are multiple other options to help clean your home’s air. From basic air cleaners to electronic air cleaners, see below to help choose which air filtration and purification system is right for your family. Help Control Germs With Germicidal Systems Germi-what? Germicidal UV Light Systems help remove airborne biological contaminants – germs – by safely giving off high intensity UV light from within your home’s air flow system. These bacteria-destroying devices can kill germs and even aid in stopping further germs from collecting in your home. According to one study, roughly one out of five people with allergies suffer from exposure to fungi and bacteria in their duct systems. A UV light device will help purify and disinfect indoor air to help you reach the highest air quality possible. Optimize Moisture with Humidifiers or Dehumidifiers Um, don’t those two machines do exactly the opposite of each other? Why would I install one rather than the other? For home comfort, suggested humidity levels are between 35% and 50%. Too much humidity can cause microbes, condensation and even wood damage. Insufficient humidity can result in dry skin, sinus illness, fractured wood and sore throats. Depending on the climate where you live, chances are you have too much or too little humidity. Humidifiers add the right amount of moisture to your air, helping with disease, itchy skin, and deformed wood furniture and instruments. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from your home, helping to stop bacteria growth, and improving indoor comfort considerably. Don’t Dismiss Duct Cleaning It’s almost spring and that means spring cleaning! Don’t neglect your ducts during this revitalizing time. Since most of our in-home air enters through our duct system, it’s vital to keep it from getting dirty with bacteria, microbes, and dust. When you have your ducts cleaned, ask the service tech to check for duct leaks, too. Leaks in the duct system can cause more contaminants to enter your air and move around throughout your home. Guaranteeing they are clean and maintained will help keep your air clean and your loved ones safe. Increase Ventilation With the shift to become more energy-efficient, homes are often sealed tighter and insulated better to make sure air isn’t escaping while our heating and cooling systems work to keep our home enjoyable. Energy-efficiency is a good thing, but it also means a lower amount of airflow, less circulation, and reduced movement. This can cause the air to become static and contaminants (indoor air pollution) are stuck inside your home’s air – the air you and your family breathe. An air ventilation system monitors indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity and continuously brings the required air replacement. This can add 5% to 10% more fresh air every 60 minutes, lowering the concentration of airborne contaminants. Get A Home Health Report During your next Precision tune-up, ask for a complete indoor air quality report from your air conditioning contractor. An expert heating and cooling company like Service Experts will provide a copy of your report with professional recommendations to address these and other air concerns in your home. So, yes, it’s terrifying to know that your sweet babies are being exposed to scary respiratory diseases but next time you get that message from your kids’ school, wash their hands, cover their cough, and invest in a system to help your indoor air quality be the best it can be.