Low indoor air quality has risen into a serious dilemma in the United States. Because the majority of U.S. citizens spend 85% of their time indoors, the quality of the air inside homes and commercial buildings has a larger impact on them than the air outdoors—and the air indoors is rarely good. Because homes have heavy seals against heat either entering or escaping, the indoor air becomes stale and contaminated—the main reason that the EPA now identifies poor indoor air quality as a significant health threat.
There are many ways people can increase the quality of the air in their homes. Aside from opening doors and windows (when the weather permits), homeowners can install air filters, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers, and schedule regular duct cleaning to eliminate the accumulation of dust and debris inside the ventilation system that circulates through the air.
You can contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating for any of these services.
How long has it been since you’ve had your ductwork cleaned, by the way? You should probably give us a call today and schedule duct cleaning in San Antonio, TX.
Why higher air quality is good for you
We can rely on the Environmental Protection Agency and its studies to learn how improved air quality in homes also improves health:
One of the primary problems from poor indoor air quality is that it triggers asthma. Most of the major asthma triggers exist in the materials that become trapped inside the ductwork of a house and constantly circulate through the air. Asthma can be an annoyance—and it can be life-threatening. If you or anyone in your home has asthma issues, you can reduce the triggers to almost nothing with better quality air.
Let’s move down to a smaller problem, one you might not even know affects you: fatigue. Poor indoor air quality is connected with headaches, migraines, skin and eye irritation, difficulty sleeping, and a general sense of being tired all the time. With your air cleaned up, you’ll find yourself more energetic and rested.
Indoor air quality is also linked to some long-term illnesses, and with improvement in your air, you can reduce your chances of developing respiratory diseases (such as asthma), heart disease, and even cancer (quite a few pollutants that can enter homes are carcinogenic). According to the EPA, “It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.” In both the short and the long-run, better air quality will make your health significantly better.
The first steps
Call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today to ask about how we can improve your indoor air quality. It’s best to start with a visit from our San Antonio, TX duct cleaning team: you may have a few years of pollutants trapped inside your ventilation system. We can clear them out and start you on the road to better health and happiness in your home.