The recent global health scare is putting people on edge, and with good reason. Your health is always a primary concern because it most directly impacts your quality of life. Upton knows that you want the most comfortable home environment possible. In fact, we’ve based our business around giving you that comfort and quality of life! We’re still here to do that, even in the face of global economic and societal impacts from illnesses, business closures, and everything else.
Your indoor air quality is more important now than ever before. After all, you’re in your home every day, breathing that air, and if the air quality is poor, your health will suffer. Allergens, irritants, that itch in the back of your throat, scratchy eyes, all of these things can be affected by air quality. It’s one of the most important but often the most overlooked elements of home life.
Let’s take a look at how indoor air quality affects your health, and how we can help you enjoy the air quality you desire.
Poor Air Quality
The EPA warns citizens of the effects of poor air quality. Many things that you thought might have been the consequence of a single issue, like too much pet dander, could actually be the result of lacking air quality. Other times, problems you blamed on external factors, like pollen season, may actually be caused or exacerbated by the air quality of your home.
Poor air quality most immediately affects your breathing, through the lungs, nose, and throat. Irritation of the eyes can cause you to water up, which plays into how it stuffs up your sinuses. The throat lining can be irritated by dust and other contaminants, causing sore throat, itchy coughs, or difficulty swallowing.
For those with asthma and similar conditions, these types of negative effects even more acute. Their indoor air quality needs are all the more paramount, but everyone can benefit from a few changes to promote better breathing.
Often, these symptoms can mimic the symptoms of colds and flu, which is an even scarier proposition considering the outbreaks troubling the world today. It’s imperative that you always try to keep your air quality at the best that you can so you can differentiate between these symptoms and other, more serious conditions.
4 Airborne Irritations
Most people just think of dust or maybe pollen when they consider airborne irritants. While these two are major factors to consider, it’s often more complicated than that, or the solution requires a little bit of a holistic approach. First, you have to know what you’re dealing with, and how it can accumulate to cause you problems. Everyone deals with a little bit of airborne irritation, but some are more affected than others.
- Dust: Dust is a very common factor in the decline of indoor air quality. If you don’t dust regularly, you may find it building up on the surfaces in your home. Any activity will kick up dust that you often don’t even see, but your eyes, nose, and throat will definitely feel its effects. One of the best solutions is to dust regularly, vacuum your carpets thoroughly, and remove clutter, which is where dust likes to accumulate.
- Pollen: Yes, certain times of year, when the plants are pollinating, can be a very unforgiving time for those of us with sinus issues. While the natural world renews itself through pollination, your poor nose and throat take a beating. Sometimes your eyes will be irritated, watery and puffy, and it can make you miserable. In really bad pollen seasons, you may consider wearing a mask as though dealing with an outbreak of the cold or flu. Sinus rinses, steam therapies, and trying to stay indoors during windy days will help, and so will air purifiers in the home.
- Pollutants: Pollutants include chemicals sprayed on lawns or in the air in and around your home. Hair spray is a good example of something that can really irritate your eyes, nose, and lungs. Excessive use of incense, scented sprays, or any kind of pest control chemicals are also very bad for this. If you have to use these items regularly, consider protective equipment to help minimize their effects and make sure your house is either sealed so that the pollutants can’t get in or well-ventilated to quickly funnel harsh sprays and scents out.
- Improper Maintenance: An improperly maintained HVAC system doesn’t filter out nearly enough impurities in the air to protect you. Even things like table fans can become covered with dust over time, and so often blow dust at you along with that otherwise refreshing breeze. Always make sure to keep your appliances and HVAC systems well-maintained so that they can do their job for you.
Make Improving Your Indoor Air Quality a Breeze with Upton
We recognize how important your health is to you and your family. After all, we feel the same way about our own, and Upton considers all of the greater Sacramento area a part of our family. We want you to have the indoor air quality that you need to live a long and healthy life. That’s part of Upton’s promise to you.
It starts with being educated about what can affect your health through exposure to poor air quality. We want you to be educated so that you can make the positive changes you need to promote the healthier lifestyle that you want. Upton recommends that you join our Secure Comfort Club because, for a low monthly price, we’ll perform regular tune-ups, seasonal maintenance, and minor repairs quickly and easily. With your HVAC system running clean as a whistle, that’s one less worry for your indoor air quality and one more thing you can count on.
Talk to Upton about other options like trickle vents on your windows, air purifiers, and proper times to ventilate your house. We’re here to help you breathe a little more easily. Checkout our article 7 Tips for Maximizing Your Indoor Air Quality..