Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later. Indoor air quality can even provide greater HVAC efficiency and lower utility bills. If you aren’t sure whether your home might benefit from an improvement in air quality, there are several signs you can use to evaluate your need for better indoor air quality control.
Does Your Family Includes Asthma or Allergy Sufferers?
Recent studies have suggested that indoor exposures–to dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pet dander, tobacco smoke, and other biological and chemical pollutants–may influence the disease course of asthma and allergies.. To ensure an appropriate response, public health and education officials have sought a science-based assessment of asthma and its relationship to indoor air exposures. Clearing indoor air meets this need. If your family includes an asthma or allergy sufferer, poor indoor air quality can lead to chronic symptoms that seem worse while at home, causing general discomfort and often increasing medical costs associated with symptom control. One of the easiest ways to improve your living environment by reducing these airborne triggers is to install an air cleaner, air purifier, or UV lamp to remove or neutralize asthma and allergy triggers when they enter your home. Humidity control systems can also improve asthma and allergies by better maintaining a level of humidity that is comfortable for individuals with these conditions.
Is Your HVAC Filter Sufficient to Keep Your Home’s Air Clean?
Indoor air pollutants are unwanted, sometimes harmful materials in the air. Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. Usually the best way to address this risk is to control or eliminate the sources of pollutants, and to ventilate a home with clean outdoor air. The ventilation method may, however, be limited by weather conditions or undesirable levels of contaminants contained in outdoor air. . If these measures are insufficient, an air cleaning device may be useful. Dusting may be a common and necessary cleaning task, but if you find yourself dusting frequently and feel like you’re fighting a losing battle against dust and dirt accumulation, your existing HVAC filter may not be sufficient to keep your home’s air clean. Particularly in dusty areas or busy homes, dirt and dust tracked in by family members and animals or particles that enter through open windows and doors can overwhelm your HVAC system quickly, choking your appliances and leading to layers of dust that rarely seem improved by regular cleaning. Investing in an indoor air quality solution such as an electrostatic air cleaner can help to target these particles and eliminate them from the air you breathe and the surfaces of your home.
What is Off- Gas?
Off Gas is a gas that is produced as a by-product of an industrial process or that is given off by a manufactured object or material. New homes are built to better standards in terms of HVAC efficiency than ever before, improving air quality by ensuring that proper ventilation and efficient heating and cooling appliances are used. However, new homes can also be subject to a process called off gassing, which occurs as materials such as fabrics, flooring, adhesives, paints, and varnishes release molecules , or VOCs, into your air. Volatile organic compounds are known as VOCs and can cause problems for babies, children, pets and adults. New furniture , carpets and mattresses can also produce VOC’s. VOCs are associated with respiratory irritation that can mimic asthma and allergies, as well as other chronic diseases following long-term exposure to these compounds. If your home is new and you aren’t sure whether low-VOC materials and paints were used in its construction, installing an indoor air quality product designed to neutralize VOCs can ensure that your home provides a comfortable and healthy environment from day one.
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