Florida spring weather changes bring blooming gardens, birds chirping, and beautiful sunny weather. Unfortunately, it also brings allergy season. While staying inside might seem like a sensible way to avoid the irritating symptoms of seasonal allergies, (who wants to do that with all of the fun things to do in Tampa Bay?), the air in your home may not be as safe as you think it is.
Did you know the average home’s air contains two to five times more pollutants than the air outside? In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has listed indoor air quality as one the top five environmental risks to public health. With pollen and other seasonal allergens on the rise, now is the time to start improving your home’s air quality. Learn more about the dangers of indoor air pollution and how to fight back.
Effects of Indoor Air Pollution
The air in your home may be polluted by lead, formaldehyde, fire retardants, radon, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and harsh chemicals used in conventional cleaning products. More commonly, though, you’ll find dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander—all of which are major allergens and quite hard to avoid.
The dangers of poor indoor air quality can extend beyond just irritating allergens— pollutants can also lead to lung disease, respiratory tract infections, asthma and other serious conditions. Children, the elderly and those with existing respiratory conditions such as asthma are at particular risk to suffering from poor indoor air quality.
How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
- Ventilation. Proper ventilation inside your home is one of the most important requirements for clean air. However, many newer homes are built to be air-tight, meaning they do not ventilate well to the outdoors. While opening windows and doors can help, the Tampa Bay area’s tropical climate can make that solution less than ideal. A professional air conditioning technician can make sure your home’s HVAC system is properly ventilated to allow for consistent air flow.
- Clean filters and ducts. Before the air in your home reaches your lungs, it flows through a system of ducts and filters. Over time, dust, dirt, pet dander and other pollutants build up in your air conditioning system. To prevent these allergens from polluting the air you breathe, it is important to change your filter monthly and have a professional technician clean your ducts at least once a year.
- Install a UV light in your air handler. Ultraviolet lights interfere with the reproductive cycle of mold spores, greatly reducing the amount of mold that builds up in your system. A UV light in your air handler will reduce the occurrence of mold, bacteria and other organisms that worsen allergies. Talk to an air conditioning technician about how a UV light can improve your indoor air quality.
Breathe Easy With Climate Design During Florida Spring Weather
The environment in your home should bring you safety and comfort, not sneezing fits and headaches! At Climate Design, our professional technicians can take several different approaches to improve your home’s air quality. Call today to discuss what we can do to keep your family healthy.