Indoor Air Quality FAQ
Category : FAQ
The average person spends a majority of their time indoors – whether that be in their home, at work, or in other various buildings throughout the day. Because of this, having clean indoor air is extremely important. If you haven’t started to improve the indoor air quality in your home, now is the time to do so! But before you get started, it’s important to understand exactly what indoor air quality is before taking the steps to improve it.
What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?
Indoor air quality relates to the quality of the air within and around a building, and how well it relates to both the health and well being of its occupants. By controlling common pollutants can help reduce health concerns.
Some factors that can influence IAQ include humidity, ventilation, mold from water damage, and exposure to chemicals.
What are the Qualities of Good IAQ?
Qualities of good indoor air quality include adequate ventilation to let outdoor air inside, comfortable temperatures and controlled humidity levels, and control of indoor pollutants.
What Are Common Causes of Indoor Air Quality Issues?
- Lack of ventiliation
- Poor HVAC system maintenance
- Moisture and dampness due to leaks, humidity, and flooding
- Chemicals used indoors
- Contaminated air from construction
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
There are several steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your home or business, including:
- Close your windows when pollen and humidity levels are high
- Store paint and household chemicals in air-tight containers
- Vacuum regularly using a HEPA filtered vacuum
- Keep the humidity level in your home around 50% to reduce the growth of mold and mildew
- Open your windows on warm days to left the outdoor air in
What are the Benefits of Clean Air?
By removing airborne pollutants, those who suffer from allergies and asthma will experience relief. Even healthy individuals are benefiting from improved indoor air quality because they are no longer breathing in contaminants into their respiratory systems.
How Will I Know if My Air Ducts Need to be Cleaned?
Just like your HVAC system, your air ducts should be cleaned regularly by a professional. If you’re not sure when the last time they were cleaned was, look out for these signs:
- Visible mold growth
- Dust and debris coming from the register
- An unusual amount of dust on furniture and in your home
To learn more about our indoor air quality services, give us a call at (774) 226-5911.