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Is the Air Quality in Your Home Affecting Your Health?

Posted on: May 23, 2020

In studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor concentrations of certain pollutants were found to be an average of two to five times higher than concentrations found outdoors. When you consider how much time you typically spend inside your home, it highlights the need to identify any sources of indoor pollution and take the necessary steps to improve your environment.

Signs Your Home Has Poor Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality can impact your comfort and health with warning signs that may include:

Health Concerns

While symptoms may be mild, any persistent or frequent health issues may be the result of poor indoor air quality, including:

  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritated eyes, nose, and/or throat
  • And more

Allergy or asthma sufferers may find the above symptoms exacerbated during their time at home, while the presence of hazardous pollutants such as asbestos, toxic mold, and more can affect all members of the household with more severe symptoms that may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • Chronic health issues
  • And more

Humidity Issues

Indoor humidity levels should fall between 30% and 50%, and numbers falling below this range can lead to nosebleeds, dry skin, respiratory infections, and damage to your structure and belongings, while excess levels can lead to the growth of microbes, mold, and mildew.

Excess Dust

An increase in dust accumulation on horizontal surfaces and around your air vents is a sign that your HVAC system and filters are unable to prevent contaminants from circulating throughout your indoor environment.

Unpleasant Odors

A musty odor may be a sign of mold in your ductwork or around your home, and dust, chemicals, VOCs, or pests can leave lingering odors in the air, all of which indicate an issue with the quality of your indoor air.

What Can I Do About Unclean Air in My Home?

The following services can help to enhance the quality of your indoor air and help you breathe easier:

UV Air Purifiers

A UV air purifier is installed directly into your duct network and utilizes ultraviolet shortwave light to destroy viruses and other microorganisms and prevent them from recirculating throughout your living space. This technology should be used in combination with a traditional air filter to ensure both the removal of particulates such as dust, mold, and pet dander and the eradication of bacteria and germs.

Electronic Air Cleaners

Electronic air cleaners or air purifiers use a dual-filter system to reduce the number of airborne contaminants in your home. As circulated air passes through the system, the first filter traps larger particles, while the second, electrically charged filter traps smaller particles such as bacteria and mold.

Whole-Home Dehumidifiers

High humidity levels can lead to discomfort, mold, and mildew growth; exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms; and attract unwanted pests. A whole-home dehumidifier installs directly into your HVAC system and removes excess moisture from the air as it circulates throughout your ducts.

About The Witmer Company

For over 75 years, The Witmer Company has been providing top-quality products and services to homes and businesses in Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas with an emphasis on customer service and satisfaction. Our technicians are highly trained, with the skills and experience needed to help improve the quality of your indoor air.

Call us today at (717) 288-7163 to schedule an appointment for indoor air quality services in and around the Lancaster, PA area, or contact us online to learn more! 

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