Indoor Air Quality, otherwise known as IAQ, is a big deal when it comes to the health of you and your family. On average, Americans spend approximately 80-90% of their time indoors, and a good portion of that time is spent at home. It’s important, then, to make sure that your family is breathing air that is pollution-free.
Most people don’t consider their home’s indoor air to be polluted; but, did you know that the air indoors can actually be several times more polluted than outdoor air? It’s true! Mainly due to stagnant air and the buildup of airborne pollutants, indoor air can become quite a health hazard if left unchecked.
Here we list 6 common causes of polluted air in the home:
- Outdoor Air Pollution
While all air can be polluted indoors (even if you live in the beautiful countryside), it is much more likely to have issues if you reside in a major city, or a place that experiences a great deal of outdoor pollution. To prevent outdoor air from affecting your indoor air, be mindful of the condition of the air outdoors by checking local weather channels. On high smog or pollen days, keep the windows and doors closed as much as possible.
- Deficiencies in Ventilation System
Improper ventilation can cause big problems for the quality of your home’s indoor air. Most HVAC systems have built in ventilation controls (which is what the “V” stands for), but there are many things you can do as well to improve home ventilation. Use exhaust fans when cooking in your kitchen and while bathing. Change your HVAC air filter regularly, and clean vents and registers around your home as needed. Also, at least 3 times weekly, air out your home by opening all windows to allow fresh outdoor air to replace stale stagnant indoor air.
Too many people in a space can create indoor air quality problems. This is due to the various products and such that individuals use on a daily basis (such as cologne, nail polish, hairspray, etc.) which can build up quickly in improperly ventilated areas.
- High Temperature
Heat can cause problems for indoor air quality as it tends to help release harmful fumes from various areas of your home. This is particularly apparent with wall-to-wall carpeted homes, where high temps can create harmful VOCs in the air.
- High Humidity
Humidity in the home, and especially standing moisture, is bad for IAQ. Excess moisture in the air (anything over 50%) can breed problematic airborne pollutants, like mold and mildew. Left unchecked, mold and mildew can create health problems for you and your loved ones, not to mention, cause bad smells and damage your property.
- Improper HVAC Maintenance
Ignoring your HVAC system is a surefire way to end up with bad indoor air quality. Your heating a cooling system needs checked on at least annually, to make sure that there are no existing problems with the units, and to catch any small problems before they become costly fixes. If you live in the Plano area and are in need of a maintenance check, give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Trust Advent to Help Improve Your IAQ
We offer a plethora of indoor air quality products that will help you achieve better IAQ in your home, including Air Purifiers, UV Lamps, and Ventilators. Give us a call today to learn more or schedule a consultation 469-240-5456.