It’s been a relatively mild winter, so maybe you haven’t had much need for heating repairs in Boise, ID, and the surrounding communities. But if you’re like most people during the colder, darker months of the year, you’ve probably been spending a lot of your time indoors, hibernating and waiting for spring.
If you’ve found yourself or your family members constantly feeling under the weather, don’t just brush it off as a side effect of the season. It’s entirely possible that poor indoor air quality is the culprit, and as the experts at Access Heating & Air know, air quality problems are usually a result of HVAC problems.
Here’s how your home’s heating and ventilation systems could be making you sick.
Simply put, the typical home is a hotbed for dust, dander, and airborne particulates that can trigger and exacerbate allergies. Neglecting regular HVAC maintenance — or household chores — allows an array of allergens to come out and play. So, if you’re sniffling, sneezing, coughing, rubbing your itchy eyes, blowing your nose, and wondering what’s wrong, this infographic will give you a clearer picture of how air quality problems can occur.
Dust is a relatively minor issue when you consider what happens if mold, mildew, or bacteria start to grow in hidden-away nooks and crannies throughout your home. Often, this is caused by leaky plumbing or appliances or excess condensation in air ducts, and the problem develops slowly and progressively over time. Breathing in contaminants for too long can result in lung irritation and even lung disease. It can cause people to develop asthma or to make life miserable for asthma sufferers.
In addition to respiratory problems, indoor air contaminants have been shown to cause headaches and fatigue.
As illustrated above, homeowners definitely don’t want too much moisture in their air — but they also don’t want too little of it. A lack of humidity can lead to dry, itchy, and irritated skin, bloody noses, and general dehydration. Residents of Boise, ID, and the surrounding communities are used to dealing with the effects of lower humidity. However, with the right help, it’s possible to balance the moisture levels in your indoor air for better health and comfort.
Creating a healthier living environment could be as simple as calling the Boise, ID, indoor air quality experts at Access Heating & Air. We can’t promise any medical miracles, but we can make a huge difference in the air you breathe through all of the following services:
- Heating and air conditioning maintenance
- Air duct cleaning
- Air quality testing
- Humidity control
- Whole house air filtration
Our trained HVAC professionals can install what’s called an “air scrubber” to sanitize the air throughout your home, ridding your living space of annoying, and in some cases dangerous, contaminants. Watch this video as our team discusses the benefits of an air scrubber.