Studies show that people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. This may not seem like a problem, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the average home or office is more polluted than outdoor air in even the most heavily industrialized cities. Needless to say, working to ensure that you have good indoor air quality is one of the most important things you can do for your home in Indian River County, Florida. Here are just a few of the benefits of improved indoor air quality:

Decreased Health Risks

Poor indoor air quality poses a number of short- and long-term health risks. Common symptoms immediately following exposure to polluted air include sneezing, coughing, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and burning of the eyes, nose and airway. One of the most insidious aspects of poor air quality, however, is that it can go unnoticed for years.

Prolonged exposure to poor air quality can lead to an increased risk of developing many serious, long-term health conditions. Here are just a few health risks you could potentially avoid by improving the air quality in your home:

  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Chronic respiratory diseases.
  • Development or worsening of asthma.
  • Decreased lung capacity.
  • Certain types of cancer.

Better Quality Sleep

Clean indoor air is important while you’re awake and active. But it’s also essential to getting a good night’s rest. In addition to posing health risks, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants can lower the oxygen concentration in the air and make it harder for the cells in your body to perform their duties. Improving your indoor air quality helps to ensure that you have abundant oxygen to breathe while you sleep, promoting a restorative night’s rest and potentially even protecting against conditions like sleep apnea.

Improved Moisture Control

An overlooked aspect of indoor air quality is moisture content. Too much moisture may lead to microbial growth, condensation and sticky, muggy air. Too little moisture can cause dry skin, nosebleeds and other issues. Proper air quality management can help you avoid both of these problems by keeping your home’s air in the ideal range of about 40 to 50 percent relative humidity.

Indoor air quality is one of the most important aspects to maintaining a safe and comfortable home. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most frequently overlooked. It may require a bit of work, but your family will thank you for ensuring that you maintain good indoor air quality in your home. Contact Barker Air Conditioning and Heating to learn about the high-quality IAQ products we carry and install.

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