Asthma and Indoor Air Quality: What You Need to Know

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in every 12 people has asthma. Sufferers of the lifelong disease are all-too-familiar with the wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing that can affect their everyday lives. Those living with asthma have to be extra cautious about air quality or they run the risk of having an attack. Because the average human spends about 90% of their time indoors, good indoor air quality is very important. Here are some easy steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

Go Smoke Free

One of most important things you can do to improve indoor air quality is by making sure your home is smoke free. Secondhand smoke is related to a myriad of health risks and children are particularly vulnerable. In fact, according the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to secondhand smoke can actually cause asthma in children who did not previously exhibit symptoms. For children and adults who have asthma, smoking inside can trigger attacks so make sure no one smokes inside the home.

Clean + Dust Weekly

Dust, dander, pet fur and the like are big perpetrators when it comes to poor indoor air quality. This is an issue for asthma sufferers who rely on quality indoor air to be able to breathe easily. To ensure good indoor air quality, get into the habit of dusting home surfaces about once a week. It’s also a good idea to vacuum carpets and rugs once a week to ensure there’s no dust, allergens, or other asthma triggers lurking beneath.

Avoid Using Scented Candles

We all love a nicely-scented candle, but they can do more harm than good when it comes to improving indoor air quality. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), around 34 percent of people with asthma reported health problems after using air fresheners or scented candles. This is because many candles contain volatile organic compounds that can trigger attacks. Reduce the risk of attacks and go scentless.

Ventilation + AC

Ventilation is one of the most important factors of good indoor air quality—and good ventilation starts with a great air conditioning system!  In order for a house to be properly ventilated, the AC system must efficiently circulate fresh air while removing dirty air and keeping it out. Asthma sufferers will benefit the most from having a quality central air conditioner, but here are some other things to consider:

  • Have a quality air conditioning system that is appropriate for your home installed by a trained technician.
  • Preventative maintenance will ensure that your AC is keeping the indoor air fresh and removing any dirty, polluted air from your home.
  • Change the filters once per month.
  • Appliances that burn fuel should be vented outdoors so they don’t affect the indoor air quality.

Living with asthma can be scary, but you can greatly reduce the risk of an attack by ensuring your home has good indoor air quality. And because good indoor air quality starts with a good air conditioning system, be sure to contact your local professionals at Climate Design for all of your HVAC needs. Our trained team of technicians can quickly and efficiently install a new AC system in your home and can guarantee excellent indoor air quality for you and your loved ones. If you have any HVAC questions, contact Climate Design today or read more about indoor air quality.