Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Today’s homes are more energy than efficient than ever – which means they are also more air tight than ever. We work hard to seal in the cool air and keep the heat out in the summer, and to do the opposite during the winter.
Unfortunately, in the process, mold spores, dust, germs and other airborne allergens and contaminants become trapped inside, which can lead to health complications and discomfort for your family.
What does “indoor air quality” mean?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the impact of the contents of the air inside a structure on the people who live, work, or visit there.
- Poor indoor air quality occurs when harmful gases or particles are present at concentration levels that adversely affect people’s health or comfort;
- Good indoor air quality also contains these gases and particles, but at concentrations which will not adversely affect someone.
What causes poor IAQ?
The contaminants that cause poor IAQ generally fall into one of two categories:
- Gases (toxic chemicals), which include by-products of combustion (carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide), volatile organic compounds (formaldehyde, solvents, perfumes and fragrances, etc.), and semi-volatile organic compounds (pesticides); and
- Particles, which include bioaerosols (mold spores, pollen, viruses, bacteria, insect parts, animal dander, etc.); soot; particles from buildings, furnishings and occupants such as fiberglass, gypsum powder, paper dust, lint from clothing, carpet fibers, etc.; dirt (sandy and earthy material), etc.
How can I make my home air healthier?
To help rid your home of unhealthy air, it’s important to make healthy lifestyle and consumer choices, avoiding toxins and reducing the amount of allergens and irritants that enter your living space.
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We also recommend installing indoor air quality products, including Air Cleaners.