Indoor air quality is something that many people don’t think about, but it is extremely important. The 4th of July is a time when many people celebrate with fireworks displays, and this can have a negative impact on your home’s indoor air quality.
In this blog post, we will discuss the effects that fireworks displays can have on your home’s indoor air quality and how you can protect your home from increased pollution.
How Fireworks Affect Your Home’s Air
While fireworks look amazing to get the cool colors and shapes that they make require many different chemical compounds. This means that every time a firework is set off, many pollutants are released into the air.
According to the study in the "Science of The Total Environment," Independence Day fireworks can raise the fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) to unhealthy levels in closeby buildings. The study also found that even short-term exposure to pm 2.5 can lead to can result in lung irritation, shortness of breath, and even the aggravation of medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.
How to Protect Your Home’s Air
When fireworks are being used near your home, it is important to take steps to protect your indoor air quality.
Close Your Windows
One of the simplest ways to avoid indoor air pollution is to keep your windows and doors closed during a firework show to prevent the smoke from entering your home. If you have an HVAC system, you can keep that running to keep your home comfortable as it will circulate the indoor air.
Turn on Air Purifier
If you have an air purifier, you should make sure it is ready and turned on throughout the day. This will help you remove any nasty particles from the air that have found their way into your home.
Use HEPA Filters.
You can boost the air filtering ability of your HVAC system and your home air purification system by equipping them with HEPA filters. Their fine mesh makes them excellent at capturing all the fine particles that fireworks create, which would pass through most filters.
By taking these steps, you can help protect your indoor air quality and ensure that your family is safe from the harmful effects of fireworks. Remember, when it comes to protecting your indoor air quality, it is better to be safe than sorry.
We're Here for You
Whether you're worried about the pollutants produced by fireworks or just want to improve your indoor air quality, Comfort Energy, Inc. has got you covered! Call (408) 560-4050 or visit our website to speak with one of our air quality experts.