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Indoor Air Quality – Are You Protected?

The cold, dark weather is back. Staying indoors becomes an all-too-familiar activity. In fact, did you know that people can spend up to 90% of their time indoors? Much of that time takes place in the comfort of their home. Now with the holidays approaching, there may be the obvious ways to keep your family safe, but have you ever considered the very air you breathe as a potential threat? One of the hardest things to assess, and maybe the easiest thing to forget about, is your home’s indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is extremely important when it comes to one’s health. Hazardous pollutants can be life-threatening, yet go completely undetected. The U.S. EPA has estimated that indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the outdoor environment, ranking indoor pollutants as a top five environmental health concern.

HOW BAD CAN YOUR INDOOR AIR QUALITY REALLY BE?

Immediate or long-term effects are possible. For starters, poor indoor air quality can be downright uncomfortable and could cause some or all of the following side-effects:

  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Headaches
  • Irritated throat, nose or eyes
  • Frequent asthma episodes or respiratory infections

LONG-TERM EFFECTS CAN BE EVEN WORSE…

  • Conjunctival (eye) irritation
  • Rashes
  • Fever, chills
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat, sometimes leading to shortness of breath)
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Lethargy, fatigue, malaise
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Hearing loss

WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SOURCES OF POOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY?

There are some of the more obvious culprits such as smoking in or around your home, anything that burns (oil, gas, kerosene, wood, and candles), personal care products and household cleaning products. There are also some not-so-obvious causes of poor indoor air quality. These include, but are not limited to, new home construction, too much moisture, improper air circulation, and tracking pesticides and pollens in on shoes and clothing.

POOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY SOLUTIONS

Like any problem, there are some easy fixes to help increase your indoor air quality. These include little actions to be mindful of, such as taking off your shoes and using personal products in well-ventilated areas. However, these are only temporary, small changes that may or may not effectively protect your home from harmful pollutants.

ENSURE THE PUREST AIR

Investing in an air purifier is the surest way to keep you and your family safe. They efficiently remove bacteria, viruses, pollen, and mold directly from your air, worrying about the tiniest of irritants, so you don’t have to. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers only the best brands and service in the Pacific Northwest. Ask about their Bryant Evolution Series whole-home air purifier which has the ability to inactivate 99% of captured pathogens and irritants. The air is re-purified, not just filtered, as often as 8 times each hour! Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers low-cost alternatives that are portable and easy-to-install, such as the Daikin Portable Air Purifier or the Air Scrubber Plus. These are just three of the many products Bob’s has to offer.

BENEFITS OF AIR PURIFIERS

  • Removes pollutants such as pet dander, dust, pollen and mold from the air
  • Helps control allergies
  • Facilitates with eliminating odors
  • Makes your living space more comfortable
  • Quality air is priceless, often taken-for-granted gift

TRUST BOB’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING, INC.

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs top-of-the-line air purifiers that provide comfort and the highest indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. At Bob’s, you will only find qualified expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service. Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy.