The quality of the air in your Lake Bluff, Illinois, home affects the comfort and health of loved ones, your pocketbook, wooden furnishings, and your home’s structure. With this much at stake, it is wise to dig a little deeper than common household dust to learn how to improve your indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality Threats
Many threats to our indoor air quality result from everyday activities. Knowing the sources is the first step toward conquering these pollutants.
Particulates: Common dust and debris, pet dander, hair, pollen and more circulate through the air and settle on furnishings and other objects. While particulates may not pose health concerns in the same way as germs, occupants with respiratory ailments, such as asthma and allergies, may find relief by managing the airborne particulates.
Micro-organisms: The average home contains dust mites, viruses, germs, bacteria, fungi and mold spores. Micro-organisms can cause illness, fatigue, odors, and property damage.
Odors and chemical vapors: Odors and vapors may persist through the home and adversely affect comfort and health. Cooking and pet odors are common but harmless. Other vapors and gases, such as tobacco smoke and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in and emitted from smoking, cleaning supplies, building structure, carpeting, and furnishings are problematic.
Humidity levels: Perhaps you do not think of indoor humidity as an element of air quality. However, the amount of water vapor inside your home greatly affects home comfort, as you recognize on dry winter days and sticky summer days. Humidity levels also affect health by promoting the growth, spread, and transmission of micro-organisms in the home. Moisture levels in the air impact possessions and home structures such as timber, molding, and leather.
Indoor Air Quality Controls
Carefree Comfort, Inc. carries UV lamps, air purifiers, humidifiers, ventilators, and other air cleaning systems. Our modern air conditioners are also known for their added humidity control feature. Traditional thermostats are giving way to more high-tech indoor air quality controls such as programmable thermostats and the latest smart and WiFi thermostats.
If you wish to install any of these indoor air quality or air conditioning systems, our expert technicians can help. For more information about how to improve the air quality in your home with one or more of these systems, please contact Carefree Comfort, Inc. today at 847-388-0115.
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