Anyone who has lived in San Antonio for a while knows how it feels to wake up congested and go through the day with watery eyes and a runny nose. A lot of the blame falls on allergens in the air outside your home, like mountain cedar, which go through the roof atimes in South Texas. But the air inside your home can also do a lot of damage to your health.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are recent studies that show the air inside your home can be more polluted than air outside – even in big cities. Think about that for a minute. We often hear about “Air Quality Health Alert” days in San Antonio, when you’re asked to avoid filling up the car or mowing the lawn so you can cut down on emissions. But how often do you hear about air quality alerts for indoor air quality?
The EPA has three things you can do to improve air quality inside your home.
First, control things in your home that are producing pollution. For example, seal up parts of your home that contain asbestos or adjust the controls of your gas stove.
Next, improve your ventilation. Open a window or door occasionally to bring fresh air inside. If you have a window unit, open the vent control for a bit. This is especially important when you’re doing things that can hurt your indoor air quality, like painting or cooking.
Finally, you can buy an air cleaner. Air cleaners range from inexpensive units that fit on a desktop or tabletop to units that will clean your entire home. Guardian Air technology, for instance, promises a 99% kill rate on Swine Flu, MRSA and other viruses and molds.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.