How Extreme Weather Can Affect the Air in Your Home

How Extreme Weather Can Affect the Air in Your Home

In threatening weather your home undoubtedly seems like a safe haven. But rain, sleet, snow, fog, wind and excessive heat or cold can have a negative impact on your home’s air quality, putting your health and the health of your family at risk.

Bad Weather Means More Indoor Pollution

Extreme weather can impact the air you breathe in a number of ways. Here are a few examples of the trouble it can cause:

  • Heat waves correlate with elevated pollen counts. When it runs amok pollen is a true misery-index leader that will leave you coughing, sneezing and wheezing, stricken with sinus headaches, chronic itchiness and a sore throat.
  • Droughts cause dust storms, which are often carried far beyond their point of origin by the prevailing winds. Naturally the dust from these storms can enter your home through open windows during the summer.
  • Rainstorms, floods and high humidity can cause moisture penetration in basements, crawl spaces, wall cavities and attics, and wherever there is moisture mold, fungus and mildew can be expected to follow. All are allergens and all can have a negative effect on your family’s health.
  • Prolonged waves of subzero temperatures can leave your home’s air as dry as the Sahara Desert. This can cause chronic soreness and itchiness of the nose, throat and eyes, along with cracked, dry skin that can produce painful open wounds.

Even when extreme weather doesn’t contribute directly to indoor air pollution it can still put you in harm’s way by forcing you to spend longer periods of time inside. If your air was previously contaminated you’ll be stuck breathing that bad air for hours, with little ventilation and no possibility of escape.

Call McLay and We’ll Make the Bad Air Go Away

To protect yourself and your family from the danger of contaminated indoor air, you may want to consider investing in superior air quality improvement equipment. Ventilators, air cleaners, humidifiers and UV lamps can all dramatically enhance the breathability of your home’s air in any weather conditions, as long as you purchase them from a reliable manufacturer.

At McLay Services we understand the importance of only doing business with the best, which is why we carry a full line of air quality improvement products from Carrier, the world’s most respected manufacturer of HVAC equipment. If you live in San Bernardino County, Riverside County, North Orange County or Los Angeles County, please contact us today for solutions that meet your air quality needs.

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