If you experience sore eyes, headaches, and breathing problems as soon as you walk in the door, relax. You are not allergic to your house. However, it’s probably time to pay more attention to your indoor air quality this winter.

The most common symptoms of poor indoor air quality include sore eyes, fatigue, heart disease, headaches, respiratory ailments, and allergic reactions. Keep reading to learn more about what causes poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and how to help improve the air you breathe at home.

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Particles, germs, and gases all impact IAQ. Particles that accumulate in your home include dust mite feces, skin flakes, dust, and bits of insects. These particles cause congestion, asthma attacks, runny noses, and congestion. Germs in your air include bacteria, mold, and viruses such as the coronavirus. Viruses and germs cause a number of illnesses such as ear infections, respiratory infections, pneumonia, sinusitis, and COVID-19.

Gases trapped inside can also make you sick and include cleaning solvents, odors, pesticides, VOCs, building materials, and chemicals. Blurred vision, nausea, lung problems, and memory lapses accompany high concentrations of dangerous gases.

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Keep the air in your home fresh and reduce the levels of particles, germs, and gases stuck between your walls by doing some of the following:

Change Air Filters on a Regular Schedule

Invest in an Air Purification System

While your lungs naturally filter out large particles, most pollutants are microscopic. Investing in an effective air purification system can help you safeguard your family’s health.

The Pristine Air Sweep filters out harmful substances in your home, including viruses, dangerous particles, and gases. In fact, inactivate COVID-19 with the Pristine Air Sweep! UVC germicidal units kill germs on surfaces and provide airborne sterilization to neutralize viruses and germs. Use the power of the sun to keep your home clean and free of sprays and chemicals.

Vent Air When You Cook

Turn on the fan while cooking or open up your kitchen windows. Try cooking oils that produce fewer fumes, such as peanut, grapeseed, and sunflower oils.

Install a Skylight

Add a skylight that opens to improve air flow and let in light.

Clean Regularly

Vacuum and dust often to capture dust and other pollutants.

Keep Up With Your Furnace Maintenance

Have your furnace inspected, fine-tuned, and repaired as needed to keep it running efficiently. You can prevent dirt from accumulating in the furnace when you partner with a quality furnace repair company in Salt Lake County.

Contact Whipple Service Champions to learn more about our indoor air quality services!