Yes, we meant to say safe. Indoor air quality (IAQ) doesn’t just address how much dust is in your home or if you have mold. Poor air quality can have negative and dangerous effects on your family. The Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning technicians are bringing the importance of indoor air quality to light and sharing the basic information you need to know.
What Is Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality refers to the air conditions in and around buildings and structures, including homes, apartments, offices, and restaurants. Because air quality greatly affects the health, comfort, and well-being of everyone inside the building, it’s important to know if your air quality is clean or polluted. In fact, poor air quality can lead to something called “Sick Building Syndrome”—where individuals experience symptoms or feel unwell for no apparent reason. It’s even been said to reduce productivity and impair learning in schools.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Many factors contribute to poor indoor air quality, like bacteria, second-hand smoke, radon (an invisible, odorless gas), mold and mildew, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted by paints, cleaning supplies, makeup, hairspray, candles, and other household items. This is why you see so many “all-natural” and “fragrance-free” items hitting store shelves. In high numbers, these irritants can lead to short- and long-term health effects.
How Can I Tell If My Air Quality Is Poor?
If your home or building has poor indoor air quality, you may notice one of these key signs:
- HVAC system inefficiency, which results in higher energy bills
- Changes in humidity, whether it’s too high or too low
- Uneven temperatures throughout your home or building
- Stale odors lingering in the air
- Frequent bloody noses
Pay attention to your health and see a doctor if you develop any of these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
- Dry or irritated eyes, nose, throat, or skin
While each of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, it’s important to rule out poor air quality. If left untreated, and under severe circumstances, poor air quality can lead to respiratory diseases, lung damage, and compromised immune systems.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
Consider a media air filter to remove irritants from the air. Or an air ventilator to replace stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. But there are a few everyday things you can do to improve the air quality in your home:
- Clean your home regularly to reduce dust and animal dander buildup
- Change your air filter on a routine basis (i.e. every couple months for one-inch filters)
- Open your windows on nice days to bring fresh air indoors
- Maintain a balanced humidity level (between 35 and 50 percent)
- Minimize your usage of synthetic air fresheners and candles
- Use eco-friendly cleaners instead of harsh chemicals
Help! I Think I Have Poor Indoor Air Quality
If you suspect the air quality in your home isn’t up to snuff, it’s time to call in the pros. We expertly train our technicians on air quality—they can detect any problems, explain their severity, and recommend Bryant® products to alleviate problems now before they get even worse. Call 763-473-2267 or contact us to schedule an appointment today to keep your family safe.