Mention the term “Indoor Air Quality” to most homeowners and you can see their eyes glaze over with disinterest; however, it affects everyone on a daily basis and can cause serious health issues when not given proper attention. We understand it’s easy to ignore, but with a few preventative steps you can make sure that your family is protected.
What is indoor air quality?
Indoor air quality refers to the quality of air in homes, businesses or any other enclosed structure (so it’s the air you breathe in when you’re inside).
How Does it affect me?
Think of where you spend most of your time — relaxing at home, busy at work or shopping for groceries — inside. Now which air do you think is more polluted, indoor or outdoor? Indoor. So, you spend most of your time indoors where air is filled with pollutants that can cause viruses, dizziness, headaches, allergies to worsen and other serious conditions.
“Indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.”
What causes indoor pollution?
There are many reasons the air in your home can become polluted, but a few sources are:
- Tobacco use
- Certain woods used for cabinets or furniture
- Polluted outdoor air entering the home
- Cleaning products
- Beauty products
The air in your home could be causing your family to be sick!
How can i protect my family?
There are a couple ways to improve the air quality in your home, such as adding an air cleaner to your home or allowing natural ventilation with clean outdoor air through windows and doors.
When it comes to selecting an air cleaner, there are several options, but all were designed with the purpose to collect and trap pollutants. Your air filter is a basic air cleaner which provides some protection, but not an adequate amount, especially when you don’t change it regularly. Other air cleaners are portable or are installed in your HVAC system or ductwork.
Portable air cleaners use a fan to circulate the air and have a cleaning device in them to clean the air. They can be moved from room to room and are useful when there is no central heating and air. UV lights are lights installed in your HVAC system which kills pollutants as the air circulates through your HVAC coil. Induct air cleaners are installed in your ductwork to kill the pollutants as they circulate through your ductwork.
Want to learn more about indoor air quality? Call us at (843) 863-0967 or click here and get a call from us and see what would work best for your home.