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WHAT IS INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) may be the reason
your nose has been itchy the past few weeks!

IAQ refers to the quality of the air inside your home or a building. It is especially important to consider since it can be directly correlated with your health! Studies have also shown that indoor air quality has a proven effect on both employees and customers.

Air pollutants can be divided into three distinct categories:

Particulars

Refer to tiny particles that float around in your air supply. It can be something as simple as pet dander or skin flakes, but it can also refer to something toxic or dangerous to our respiratory systems such as smoke, dust, dust mites, ash or aerosol sprays. Not to mention the effects that pollen can have on your allergies!

Gases

Gases can come from chemicals that were released inside your home or building, or even though that come from outside. Gases can be extremely hazardous such as in the case of formaldehyde, chloroform, carbon monoxide, ammonia, benzene and radon. While you may think that you haven’t had exposure to any of these chemicals or gases, the reality is they come from more sources than you may think! Paint, cleaning products, chemical sprays, combustion gases and even the soil beneath your home could be a source of any one of these gases.

Microbials

The largest danger to good quality of air is microbials. Perhaps you have heard a story on the news of an individual who found themselves with a mold infection in their respiratory system, you may wonder how this may happen. The answer lies in poor air quality. Germs, bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses all thrive in the most unclear environments. A dirty or unchanged air filter is the perfect environment to create an infectious disaster. Safety is our number one priority here, which is why we recommend you keep your air as clean and disease free as possible.

While you may think your home, office or building is safe, Changing your air filters often is enough, right? Wrong! Statistics show that the average American spends 90% of their day indoors, so it is important to ask yourself, am I doing enough to keep my quality of indoor air fresh and clean?

See what research has shown us:

Air Solution and Repair - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Indoor air pollutants are 2-5x more concentrated than outdoors
  • One small ounce of dust can carry up to 40,000 dust mites
  • One of the top 5 largest threats to our environment is poor indoor air quality
  • Poor indoor air quality has been linked to numerous diseases, such as: diabetes, asthma, allergies, cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, respiratory infections and more.
  • The average American inhales over 3,500 GALLONS of air EVERY DAY! (90% of which is INDOOR air)
  • Over 26 million Americans suffer from asthma (7 million of which are under the age of 18)
  • Radon causes on average 14 thousand deaths annually
  • More than 50 million Americans suffer from spring allergies on an annual basis

As you can see, addressing indoor air quality is crucial for your health and safety. If you can’t remember the last time you assessed your indoor air quality and find yourself with health concerns, we recommend you contact your physician. And as far as dealing with the underlying problem, let a professional assess your indoor air quality today! Our professionals will run a full diagnosis on your home, office or building to determine the level of insulation your home receives, ventilation and overall indoor air quality.

WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE MY INDOOR AIR QUALITY?

We have a few solutions for someone looking to improve their indoor air quality.

Humidifier

You may not know this, but a humidifier section may already be installed in your HVAC system. It is installed to help prevent over-dry or over-moist air by adding or removing moisture. This is vital to having good air humidity, having an unbalance in moisture or dryness in your environment is a leading cause in poor air quality. Professionals agree that your indoor air moisture should range somewhere between 35% and 50%. Use a hygrometer to measure your indoor humidity level at home to determine if a change is needed. Call today and let a pro lend you hand!

Duct Cleaning & Sealing

Your air ducts are the passageway of air throughout your home. If you haven’t cleaned or inspected your ducts, now may be a good time to start. Allow us to assess the quality of your ducts and make any repairs needed. You never know what may be leaking from where!

Air Purifiers & Cleaners

If you have found that cleaning your ducts and altering your humidity levels haven’t completely turned around your quality of air, then it may be time for an air purifying device. Air cleaners and purifiers are great for reducing harmful indoor air pollutants in your home. Before purchasing an air, purifier make sure to consult with a professional to ensure you purchase the correct size and type for your home. Don’t wait until your problem is out of hand, call today to receive a full diagnosis on your home!