Many homeowners in Alberta may think that the air inside their home is the safest and pure, especially compared to the air outside. However, this is not always the case. Poor indoor air quality is a common occurrence in many households. This can pose a threat to homeowners and their families. The EPA recently placed indoor air quality among their list of the top five environmental risks to human health.

Poor indoor air quality is the leading cause of respiratory problems. 94% of all respiratory problems caused by polluted air! It is important for homeowners to understand the effects that poor indoor air quality can have on their homes and families.

Here are nine of the common effects of indoor air pollution and dry air:

Mold Spores: These are a common cause of asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Mold spores are so tiny that besides being unseen by the eye, they are also able to break through the filtering abilities of the nose. This means the mold spores living in the dry air and dusty furniture of your home are being inhaled each day by you and your family.

Pet Dander: Equally as tiny as mold spores, pet dander is another common cause of asthma attacks and allergies. Pets shed these microscopic flecks of dead skin cells and hair daily. It exists in the air and on top of your furniture. Many homeowners who have pets are allergic to them, allowing pet dander to cause a variety of allergic reactions.

Dust Mites: These microscopic creatures are actually relatives of the spider and feed on the flecks of dead human skin. Dust mites often inhabit furniture, carpets, mattresses, and bedding. It is likely your house may contain many dust mites. On average, 40,000 dust mites can be found in one ounce of dust.

Bacteria: There are many forms of bacteria that exist in the air of households. While many are harmless, there are some that can be dangerous for homeowners and their families. These bacterias may cause conditions such as skin infections, food poisoning, and other illnesses.

Pollen: You may be wondering how pollen from the outdoors might make its way inside your home. However, you and your pets may be the culprits. Pollen is fine and powdery and often clings to humans and animals.  After making contact with them in the air or on surfaces, and is then transported into their homes. Once inside, pollen becomes yet another source of asthma attacks and allergies.

Viruses: Many viruses have the ability to hang around on the surfaces of your home and in the air. Cold and flu viruses are among the most commonly found viruses in households, and can continually infect various members of the home until disinfected.

Dry Skin & Itchy Eyes: Indoor air that lacks humidity can lead to dry flaky skin and nearly constant itchy eyes. Combine this with the possible allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores and it can be an unpleasant mix of symptoms.

Irritated Sinuses & Throat: When constantly inhaling dry air, especially air that is full of pollutants, sinuses, and throats can become easily irritated. An Increased Risk of Infections. Over time, dry air can be very harmful to the mucus that lines our respiratory tracts. The constant inhalation of this air causes the mucus to become dry and inflamed. This means that the barrier that once protected you from harmful infections is out of commission, and you and your family members may be at an increased risk of infections.

These effects may be scary and could have harmful effects on you and your family, there is a way to solve these common problems. During these dry and cold seasons, a humidifier can help put the right amount of humidity back into your household air. An air filtration system can assist in the creation of a safe indoor air quality for your home.

If you are in the Edmonton and surrounding areas, Acclaimed! will take care of all of your humidifier and air filtration needs. Contact us today and request a free quote!

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