When it comes to indoor air quality, you may be stunned to learn that what you are breathing might not be as clean as you thought.
You may think the atmosphere in your home is far safer than the one outside, but if your home does not have proper ventilation, pollutants will become trapped there and could lead to health problems for you and your family.
If you live in a house that was built long ago, chances are it was not designed with air quality in mind. Old heating and air conditioning systems were not built, or installed, with the intention of bringing fresh air into the house or cleaning the air that is currently in it.
Many new homes are being built with systems that will bring fresh air in directly from outside. If you don’t live in a new home, you are still able to have one of these systems installed. An air-to-air heat exchanger (also known as a heat recovery ventilator), will not only help eliminate odors and indoor pollutants, it can also reduce heating and cooling costs.
Having air ducts cleaned and weatherizing your home can also be a great way to reduce energy consumption and improve the atmosphere in which you live. However, after you have sealed up your home, it could lead to more pollutants being trapped inside. This is why it might be even more important to have some sort of air cleaning system in place after weatherizing.
Just because you can’t see the air you are breathing (if you can, you really have a problem) and your house may smell wonderful, it does not mean it’s safe. You may spend hours every day cleaning, trying to reduce the chances of germs and viruses being picked up, but if the indoor air quality is not high as well, your attempts at reducing the risks of these things could prove futile.