Indoor Air Quality 101: How It Affects Your Health, Family, and Home
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding indoor air quality in recent years. It’s one of the most overlooked aspects of home comfort and one of the most important to keep your family healthy and safe. The ComfortAire Heating Cooling experts cover the basics of indoor air quality, including what it is and how you can improve yours. Have concerns about your home? Don’t hesitate to call or contact us.
What Is Indoor Air Quality?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes indoor air quality (IAQ) as referring “to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.” Indoor air quality is important for both residential homes and commercial spaces, such as office buildings or factories. Poor air quality can make people feel ill and eventually lead to serious medical conditions if left untreated. Experts may recommend indoor air quality products be installed if issues are present to ensure the air people are breathing in is clean and healthy, and not causing any adverse health effects.
Why Is Indoor Air Quality So Important for My Health?
Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a number of things you might not even realize are plaguing your home, including poor ventilation, high humidity, and high levels of pollen, dust, mold, or bacteria. Most airborne pollutants and irritants are undetectable during everyday life. People often report these symptoms when living or working in poor air quality conditions:
- Throat, nose, and eye irritation
- Skin reddening or rashes
Dry, flaky skin
- Coughing or respiratory infections
If you notice any of these symptoms, call and request a professional air quality assessment. A licensed technician will let you know if your air quality has any issues and how to fix them.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
There are a few simple ways homeowners can improve their indoor air quality. First and foremost, maintain a clean home by vacuuming and changing bedding regularly. Proper and routine cleaning can greatly reduce dust, animal dander, and other airborne contaminants. Additional tips include:
- Replace or clean your air filter at the right intervals
- Open windows to let fresh air in on nice weather days
Invest in an air purifier to reduce number of allergens
Maintain a balanced humidity level, between 35 and 50 percent
Invest in Your Family’s Health With Indoor Air Quality Service
Even though we highly recommend IAQ products—such as humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air ventilators, and air purifiers—they aren’t right or necessary for every home. Count on our knowledgeable techs to only suggest products that will make a positive difference for your family’s health. Call 715-325-3969 or contact us for a little air quality TLC.