Fight Sickness & Stay Healthy with These Indoor Air Quality Tips Published on March 10, 2016 Another message. Yes, another message about the sicknesses going around your kids’ school. Whooping Cough. Strep. Flu. RSV. Just looking at the words is enough to send mommies and daddies into a panic. The CDC announced that RSV results in an average of 57,527 hospitalizations among children under five each year in the US. So how do you help ensure your family is safe? Understand Indoor Air Pollution The CDC warns that poor indoor air quality can advance lung diseases such as asthma and also cause headaches, dry eyes, and tiredness. Additionally, the American College of Allergists report that 50% of all sicknesses are either caused or exacerbated by polluted indoor air. The Texas DSHS reported that air within homes and buildings can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and in drastic cases, 1000 times more polluted. There are two main causes of poor indoor air quality: Pollutants (cleaning solutions, poorly maintained or unclean heating and cooling or humidification devises, cigarette smoke, etc)Poor ventilation So all this info – what is it for? What do you do? How can you make sure you and your kiddos aren’t breathing adulterated, virus-inducing air? Luckily, we have options. Get Proactive On Air Filtration Have you ever been livid and had to bite your tongue to keep from saying something you may regret ? That’s a filter. Have you ever used water from the refrigerator dispenser and had your thirst immediately relieved? That’s because of a filter. Filters keep toxicity in check and avoid miserable ramifications. You filter your words for peace, you filter your water for health, why not filter your air? Several hospitals use a high-efficiency air filtration system called HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air), which you can get for your home if you have someone living there with a low immune system or someone who’s extremely susceptible to disease. Even if nobody has respiratory issues in your home, you’ll be immediately surprised by the almost instant change from a regular air filter to a High Efficiency system. If you’re not sure if a high-grade air filtration system is the best system for you, there are several other options to help keep your home’s air clean. From basic air cleaners to electronic air cleaners, see below to help decide which air filtration and purification system is right for you. Help Control Germs With Germicidal Systems Germi-huh? Germicidal UV Light Systems help decrease airborne biological contaminants – germs – by safely giving off high intensity UV light from within your home’s air flow system. These bacteria-destroying systems can kill germs and even assist in stopping further germs from accumulating 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 systems do exactly the opposite of each other? Why would I want one rather than the other? For home comfort, it’s recommended to have the humidity levels between 35% and 50%. Too much humidity can cause microbes, condensation and even wood damage. Too little humidity can result in itchy skin, sinus sickness, cracking wood and sore throats. Depending on what climate you live in, chances are you have too much or too little humidity. Humidifiers add the right amount of moisture to your home’s air, helping with illness, itchy skin, and warped wood furniture and instruments. Dehumidifiers take away moisture from your home, helping to eliminate bacteria growth, and improving indoor comfort significantly. Don’t Dismiss Duct Cleaning It’s practically spring and that means spring cleaning! Don’t exclude your ducts during this time of renewal. Since most of our in-home air enters through our duct system, it’s vital to keep it from getting dirty with bacteria, mildew, and dust. When you have your ducts cleaned, ask the service tech to check for duct leaks, also. Leaks in the duct system can cause extra contaminants to enter your air and move around throughout your home. Confirming they are clean and maintained will help keep your air clean and your loved ones healthy. Increase Ventilation With the shift to become more energy-efficient, homes are often sealed tighter and insulated more thoroughly to make sure air isn’t escaping while our hvac 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 stagnant and contaminants (indoor air pollution) are lingering inside your home’s air – the air your family breathes. An air ventilation system detects 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, reducing the concentration of airborne contaminants. Get A Home Health Report During your next Precision tune-up, request a complete indoor air quality report from your air conditioning contractor. An expert AC company like Service Experts will provide a copy of your report with professional suggestions to address these and other air issues 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 little ones’ school, wash their hands, cover their cough, and invest in a system to help your indoor air quality be the best it can be.