Studies have shown that the average person spends about 90 percent of their time indoors. Of course, a significant portion of that time is spent at home. Unfortunately, the air inside your Lehigh Valley home is likely more polluted than outdoor air. You probably don’t give indoor air quality much thought, but here’s why you should.

The Importance of Clean Air

Indoor air is often filled with a variety of particulates. This includes dust, pollen, pet dander, volatile organic compounds, and fungal spores. Needless to say, these pollutants are bad news when it comes to your health. Even short-term exposure can lead to flu-like symptoms, worsening allergies, respiratory irritation and headaches.

Long-term exposure to poor air quality is even more serious. Breathing contaminated air over the course of weeks and months can lead to a litany of serious health complications. This includes respiratory illness, heart disease, permanently impaired lung function, central nervous system damage, and cancer. Worst of all, you may not realize there’s a problem until it’s too late.

Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

That certainly sounds terrifying, but it’s not all bad news. In fact, maintaining good air quality indoors isn’t very difficult in most cases. One great way to improve your air quality is to install an air purification system. These systems use advanced filtration techniques to pull harmful contaminants from the air that circulates through your home. Many air purifiers can also render bacteria, viruses and other pathogens inert, adding another layer of protection.

Another excellent line of defense against air pollution is ultraviolet radiation. Installing a UV light in your HVAC system is an affordable and effective safeguard against organic pollutants. In particular, ultraviolet light kills bacteria and fungal spores that may otherwise grow around your system’s coils.

Your health is your most precious asset. Make sure you’re protecting it by ensuring that you have good air quality in your home. To find out more about how you can keep your home healthy, check out Sullivan Oil & Propane’s indoor air quality services or call (610) 810-3992 today.

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