Top Reasons You Should Protect Your Indoor Air Quality
Posted in Air Quality, on August 25, 2023
A healthy home and body begins with the air we breathe, which is why SafeAir has been helping families across the GTA improve their indoor air quality with services like radon detection and mold detection for over a decade. Most of us spend little time thinking about breathing, yet it’s happening every second of the day. Fresh and clean air without pollutants, particulates, VOCs, spores, and gasses has a positive long-term effect on your health, promoting a range of positive outcomes that reach all corners of your life.
Here are the SafeAir team’s top 5 reasons to protect your home’s indoor air quality.
Whether or not you’re getting the recommended 8 hours every night, you still spend significant amounts of time every day at home. Some studies have found that indoor air environments can be up to 5 times more polluted than the outdoors. So, spending all those hours resting at home may inadvertently increase exposure to harmful pollutants and disrupt your rest.
Grow and age healthier.
Poor air quality disproportionately affects children and elders. Mold growth is a common trigger for asthma and increased attacks, and people with chronic respiratory conditions often have poorer outcomes and extended hospital stays when they experience a higher concentration of indoor allergens. Indoor air quality testing can help optimize your indoor environment for healthier aging and prevent disease from developing.
Lower energy bills and greater environmental friendliness.
You might raise an eyebrow at a connection between energy consumption and indoor air quality, but there are clear and definite links! For example, a home with high indoor humidity is at a greater risk for mold growth, which often affects attics and can destroy insulation. Damaged insulation in the attic doesn’t work effectively, leading to energy loss and increased consumption as your HVAC needs to work harder to keep your temperature balanced.
Air should not stagnate — it needs to move around and through your home for you to see the most significant benefits. One of SafeAir’s most frequent recommendations is to increase ventilation and air movement in critical areas of your home, such as the bathroom, basement, and kitchen. This helps move humid, moisture-laden air out and helps flush accumulated pollutants.
So many of us now suffer from seasonal allergies, but few realize how much their indoor environments may contribute. Allergens like dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores may contribute to sneezing, itchy eyes, and persistent sniffles. There are many ways to reduce allergens in indoor air quality, and many are simple — SafeAir recommends starting by changing your furnace filters regularly.
The List Goes On!
There are many more reasons to protect and clean up indoor air quality, but our recommendations at SafeAir always come down to one thing: your and your family’s health. The indoor environment is easy to ignore even though it greatly affects your daily life, and improvements are easier than you think. Whether it’s radon detection, mold testing, or general air quality assessments, we’ve got you covered — contact SafeAir today to book your free estimate.