Indoor Air Quality 101
What Is IAQ?
Indoor air quality (also known as IAQ) describes the air quality in and around your home or other building. The EPA has found that indoor air can be up to 2-5 times more polluted than outside, meaning there is a higher concentration of harmful contaminants. Despite not being able to see most airborne contaminants, these pollutants need to be monitored because the quality of your indoor air can affect both your comfort and health.
Types of airborne contaminants include:
- Dust and debris
- Pollen, pet dander, and other allergens
- Mold and mildew
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Can My Indoor Air Quality Affect My Health?
The side effects when you’re exposed to poor indoor air quality can be two-fold and ranging in severity. Upon immediate exposure, you might experience eyes, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, fatigue, and even dizziness. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you might also see an increase in symptoms. However, continued or repeated exposure to poor air quality can have much longer-lasting effects, such as respiratory disease, cancer, and heart disease.
Because bacteria and viruses can also stay trapped in your home, you might also be increasing your exposure to E.coli and even COVID-19. In fact, the EPA has included increased ventilation as part of a COVID-19 protection plan.
How You Can Improve Your Indoor Air
While these contaminants might be troubling, there are quite a few easy ways for you to improve your indoor air quality to reduce your risk of exposure. A quick, and free, way is to be more consistent about opening doors and windows and utilizing ceiling fans to increase ventilation.
Keeping your HVAC systems clean is another great way to boost your air quality. Because your ductwork is where conditioned air is transported throughout your home, it is important to get your ducts cleaned annually, so dust, debris, and other contaminants aren’t circulating throughout your home.
At Morris Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we work hard to ensure our community is safe, healthy, and comfortable. That is why we not only offer professional duct cleaning services, but also experienced air filter and air purifier installation. These systems can both remove airborne particles and also control your home’s humidity. This humidity control can keep undue moisture out of your home to limit mold and mildew growth. We are indoor air quality experts, and we offer tailored solutions to ensure your home experiences the highest quality air possible. We will provide a detailed analysis of your home and offer honest recommendations to make sure you feel fresh and clean at home.