Summertime Heat and Humidity Chases Us Indoors for Relief… but How Exactly Safe is our Indoor Air?

89 degrees with a high humidity level – not an unusual forecast for a hot, summery day in Pittsburgh….

Naturally, we happily all rush to the outdoors when we can – picnics, swimming, amusement parks, water parks, and of course, grass-cutting and gardening, etc.  But, after a partial day has passed, or even a few hours… we tend to want to, even need to, get back inside for our body temperature to cool down while we catch up on some easy breathing.

Here’s the thing – while the air in our households is one of the most vital elements in our environment, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air pollution (that’s right, pollution) among the top five environmental dangers to the public.  Their studies have indicated that air pollution is often likely to be two to five times higher inside your home than outdoors.  Our homes today are tightly sealed and insulated to conserve energy.  So, while you’re cooling down from fun-in-the-sun, here’s what you might be breathing in without knowledge.

The air that you breathe indoors has been recycled over and over, trapping and circulating unwanted elements. These include allergens and particulates like dust, pollen, mold, and fungi, infectious agents like bacteria and viruses, and toxic compounds like carbon monoxide and pesticides. Indoor pollutants can worsen chronic health conditions, lead to new health risks, and potentially cause grave illness and disease.  As humans, when our bodies build up with too many bad elements commonly found in indoor air, our immune systems simply cannot handle them. In defense, we start to create what’s known as “histamines.”  Histamines can cause us to have minor symptoms like itchy, watery, runny nose, coughing, and wheezing, or more severe ones like allergy and asthma flares.  Rather than resolving the cause of the problem, many of us purchase “antihistamines” to relieve these symptoms.

Concerned?  Don’t sweat it!  Think of it this way – if you have a driveway full of sharp nails and you continue to drive over and over it, getting flat tire after flat tire… would you then continue to repair and replace your tires, or take the time to remove the nails from your driveway?  You’d remove the nails!  And, that’s exactly what Gillece does – we remove the problem.  Gillece identifies indoor air quality problems and then recommends the right solutions.  In some instances, the solution can be whole-house duct cleaning to remove dust, mold, allergens, and other irritants. Other solutions can involve air cleaners, purifiers, and filtration systems to remove airborne particles and pollutants.

So, sit down, cool off, and breathe in a sigh of relief and Call Gillece today!

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Tom Gillece Sr. is the founder and president of Gillece Services in Pittsburgh, providing residential Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Waterproofing services throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1980, Gillece has helped homeowners with all of their emergency, maintenance, repair and replacement needs for more than 30 years. For the latest news and offers, Gillece can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.