Indoor Air Quality Guide

Indoor air quality is often overlooked. Many people in Bradenton, FL and Sarasota, FL think that their air filter alone is enough to remove dirt and debris from the air inside of their homes and businesses. While they do help with this function, indoor air already has its own set of contaminants, which may cause health problems for some. The elements that affect your health can also affect the health of your heating and cooling systems, causing them to run less efficiently, thereby increasing your utility bills.

Our Indoor Air Quality Guide takes a look at the potential health risks associated with poor indoor air quality, the substances polluting your indoor air, and how you can improve indoor air quality to benefit your family.

What Health Problems Result from Poor Air?

Pollutants in your indoor air can contribute to an array of health issues. Vulnerable individuals can be especially susceptible, including the elderly, children, and anyone with asthma or another respiratory medical condition. Breathing low-quality indoor air has been shown to cause or contribute to the following:

  • Allergies
  • Dizziness or headaches
  • Nasal congestion, cough, or runny nose
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • A weakened immune response, leading to getting sick more easily and more often
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Pneumonia
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be deadly 

What Factors Contribute to Low Indoor Air Quality?

Many contaminants combine to pollute indoor air. Some may be odorous or visible, but most exist undetected without special equipment. These contaminants include:

  • Car exhaust from an attached garage
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, mildew, and bacteria
  • Chemicals from furnishings, carpets, plastics, and building materials
  • Toxic gases from combustion within furnaces, fireplaces, or stoves
  • Household chemicals
  • Asbestos or urea-formaldehyde foam insulation in older buildings
  • Dust, dirt, and other buildup inside your house’s ductwork

A good filter can remove these individual elements, but mixed together, they multiply the negative health effects on you and your family. High levels of Florida humidity can exacerbate the problem.

How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?

Depending on your situation, a combination of strategies will yield the best results in purifying your indoor air, limiting potential health risks, and reducing your energy bill. Our experienced professionals can determine the appropriate strategies for your home or business, providing a full evaluation of your indoor air quality. We will work with you to create a plan that is effective for your family. Possible strategies include the following:

  • Vacuum frequently using a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter.
  • Change air filters in the heating and cooling system on a regular basis.
  • Clean the home’s vents regularly.
  • Have a dehumidifier installed to regulate the relative humidity.
  • Make sure that your home’s ventilation system is clean and functioning well.
  • Install an air filtration system with ultraviolet lights to get rid of smaller particles, which the above steps may not have been able to help with.

Improving indoor air quality and keeping air clean is easier than it sounds. Today’s technology is affordable and effective. While this Indoor Air Quality Guide has provided an introduction, consulting our specially trained technicians is the best, most personalized method of determining the quality of your indoor air and identifying a strategy to improve it.

Expect a Unique Experience with Unique Air

Unique Air Services has been serving Bradenton, FL and Sarasota, FL homeowners and businesses for over 60 years. Recognized for excellence in customer service, Unique Air’s award-winning experts are specially trained and licensed to care for your entire property, providing prompt and courteous service along the way.