Indoor Air Quality for a Happy, Healthy Home
Is the air in your home making you sick? Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) indicates the quality of air around and within structures and buildings as related to the comfort and health of the occupants. There are many factors that negatively affect IAQ, such as mold and bacteria (microbial contaminants); particulates; gases like volatile organic compounds (VOC)s, radon and carbon monoxide; and organic compounds. Control or eliminate these, and you improve your IAQ.
In some cases, indoor air quality can be worse than the air outdoors. This is often more evident in the winter months when the windows are kept closed and dry, stale air circulates. But there are actions — small and large — that you can take to improve indoor air quality.
Healthy Home Tips
- Use plants to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.
- Don’t smoke indoors. Second-hand smoke is just as deadly as first-hand smoke, and residue from tobacco is also an irritant and pollutant.
- Use humidifiers when the humidity in the air drops to below 30%. It also helps to warm up a room.
- Have a specialist check for mold in walls and ceilings. Mold is a more dangerous threat to your health than the pollution outside.
- Keep your HVAC systems clean and in good working order.
- Vacuum frequently with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter attachment.
Indoor Air Quality Assessment and Solutions
If you’ve done all you can do to improve the air quality in your home or business and you’re still not satisfied, the next step is to systematically assess the situation to discover causes that may not be obvious at first. This multi-faceted assessment will point out issues, and our trained staff will create a plan to control and mitigate the issues. These controls can vary: ventilation, source control, air filtration, humidification, and air cleaners being some of the best methods to improve air quality.