Though summer invites an increase in outdoor activity, sometimes, it’s more comfortable to wait out the hottest hours of the day indoors. But if your home has poor indoor air quality, spending considerable time inside could end up compromising your health. How? The air purification specialists at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating have the details below.

Your Household Air is More Polluted Than the Air Outside

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside it — yikes. And that statistic holds true even in more polluted urban areas.

Because the majority of indoor pollutants come from inside your home (think chemical residues, VOCs, pollen, dander, etc.), and your home’s air gets recycled by your HVAC system, allergy sufferers are particularly at risk for health issues indoors. And unless those pollutants are regularly removed from the air, bothersome symptoms are inevitable.

Fortunately, household air purification systems — whether they’re portable or service the entire home — can filter out up to 99.7% even the most microscopic particles floating around in your indoor air.  

HVAC Filters Don’t Catch Everything

Even if you routinely replace your HVAC filter, it can’t catch many of the harmful airborne particles that are present in your indoor air. HVAC filters aren’t designed to capture the tiniest microscopic particles, and unfortunately, it’s those airborne bits that often cause the most significant allergies and health problems. However, mold spores, viruses, bacteria, and harmful chemical residues don’t stand a chance against HEPA filtration systems, which you’ll find come standard in the vast majority of household air purification systems.

Dust Accumulation Can Trigger Allergies

Ever heard of dust mites? Most people never think twice about what kind of organisms might be lurking in their household dust, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Dust mites aren’t inherently harmful; however, they’re carcasses and feces trigger allergy symptoms in many people. If you or your loved ones frequently experience any of the following symptoms indoors, you may have a dust mite allergy:

●        Sneezing, runny nose, or post-nasal drip

●        Red, watery, or itchy eyes

●        Trouble breathing or wheezing

●        Itchy skin, nose, mouth, or throat

●        Persistent coughing

Because dust mites are some of the most microscopic arachnids on the planet, air purification is an effective tool in mitigating the mite population inside your home. Because HEPA filters effectively control the number of potentially harmful, airborne particles inside your house, if you routinely experience allergy symptoms, you can benefit from an air purifier.

Steve’s Plumbing & Heating: Your Central Wisconsin Source for High-Quality Air Purification

If you or your loved ones spend considerable time indoors, your health can benefit from an air purification system. At Steve’s Plumbing & Heating, we specialize in a wide variety of HVAC maintenance and upgrades, so don’t hesitate to contact our team to discuss your indoor air quality improvement options. To learn more, request a service estimate, or schedule an appointment, give our team a call today at 715-421-1800.