How Improving indoor Air Quality Can Help Your Skin
The changing seasons affect more than the weather in Kinston, North Carolina — they also affect your skin. Winter leaves the air cold and dry, but as spring comes, both humidity and temperatures rise. Each season brings its own set of challenges for your skin. To help your skin transition smoothly from winter to spring, you’ll need to make a few changes to your routine.
Winter weather tends to dry skin out, and Summer weather tends to have too much moisture in the air, to the point of being uncomfortable and sometimes sweaty. North Carolina is a coastal state, and your Kinston home isn’t too far from the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Ocean coastal states like North Carolina tend to have higher humidity levels due to the warmer waters, especially in the summer. This can make dealing with humidity irritating.
A whole-home dehumidifier is perfect for regulating your indoor humidity. It’s an inexpensive device that can optimize the percentage levels of your homes indoor humidity in the summer. This device counters the moisture in the air that can affect your overall home comfort. Best part is, built to last long, and easy to use with its automated features.
Mold is bad for everyone. There are people, though, that are particularly sensitive to mold. If you experience symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rashes you might be having an allergic reaction from inhaling or touching mold spores. There are various ways to fight against mold and its harmful airborne pollutants such as drying wet surfaces, cleaning your home more frequently and killing existing mold with cleaning products such as: Bleach, Ammonia, or Vinegar. Even the use of a dehumidifier can help reduce the moisture in the air in order to deter mold growth.
Although, there are a number of effective ways to counter mold, one of the best and easiest ways is to invest in an ultraviolet (UV) lamp. A UV lamp annihilates mold, fungi, and other harmful bacteria by creating radiation that these volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can’t sustain life in. A UV lamp is attached to the HVAC system, usually by the cooling coil.This will not only protect your skin, but also your immune system by reducing the chances of you catching a cold or flu. How awesome is that?
Homes are usually shut up tighter during the winter than other months. Unfortunately, in your efforts to keep warm air in and cold air out, you may also have trapped air pollutants inside your home. Spring is a good time to open the windows and let the air out. However, thanks to pollen and other allergens, your skin will also have a wider variety of pollutants to contend with.
No matter the season, clean air makes your skin happier. Many seasonal allergies can cause itchy skin and puffy eyes, while indoor air pollution contributes to skin problems such as dryness, premature aging, rashes, eczema, and acne. Think of an air purifier as an investment in your health, and consider springing for a whole-home model, such as the Evolution Perfect Air Purifier, rather than relying on a portable model.
Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Visit
Depending on the season and your home’s needs, your skin may also benefit from other HVAC products, such as humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and added ventilation. Your HVAC system itself may even be contributing to indoor air pollution. Over time, dust, debris, and mold can accumulate in certain parts of your HVAC system, including the ductwork. Scheduling a maintenance visit gives your HVAC technician the opportunity to clean and inspect your system’s components, as well as catch and correct any problems that could be affecting efficiency, performance, or indoor air quality.
The experts at J & J Mechanical can help identify sources of pollution, evaluate your home’s ventilation and humidity, and recommend the best indoor air quality solutions for your home. Give us a call today at 855-800-1341 . Your skin will thank you!
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