The climate in western Georgia ranges from hot and humid to chilly and damp, and it’s natural to seek refuge inside when outside conditions aren’t optimal. However, indoor air is often more unhealthy than outside air. Having a bad air day in your Columbus home affects the health of you and your family, so it’s essential that you pay attention to your indoor air quality. Here are two ways that healthy indoor air keeps you healthy.
Decreases Contaminants in the Air You Breathe
A variety of microscopic pollutants, such as pet dander and dust mites, populate the air inside your home. Air purifiers eliminate up to 99 percent of the contaminants floating around your home; removing these irritants improves the health of those suffering from respiratory ailments and allergies. UV lights kill germs, bacteria and mold that can cause colds, sore throats and infections.
Increases the Oxygen Content of Your Air
Clean, fresh air has a higher oxygen content than polluted air. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration considers oxygen levels below 19.5 percent deficient and dangerous to your health. Healthy air has an oxygen content of 20.9 percent; many homes have an oxygen content as low as 18 percent or 19 percent. If your home has stale air due to poor indoor air quality, you’re forcing your body to work harder than it needs to to get the oxygen it needs. Fresh air that has a high oxygen level increases your overall health in several ways:
- Boosts your immune system
- Improves heart rate and blood pressure
- Aids in digestion
- Helps your lungs dilate more fully
From plants to ventilators to air purifiers and UV lights, the professionals at Watley Heating and Air Conditioning can help you figure out which solution helps you best manage the IAQ in your home. For more information about how quality indoor air can improve your home, check out Watley Heating and Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality solutions or call 706-561-6718.