What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and why is it important?
Many people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Exposure to indoor pollutants such as dust mites, pollen, molds, pet dander, chemicals, air borne viruses, and insect debris has increased because buildings are constructed more “airtight”, while the use of chemicals in household cleaners, construction materials, and pest control products has increased. Airborne particles include:
- Allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, and dust. Allergens can cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems and asthma attacks
- Biological particles, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Biological particles can cause infectious and non-infectious diseases, such as colds, influenza, and respiratory infections
- Toxic particles, such as cigarette smoke, wood smoke, lead dust, and asbestos
Airtight construction, designed to improve energy efficiency, permits less fresh air to enter the home. High efficiency heating and cooling systems constantly recirculate indoor air causing airborne particles and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to build up over time.
If someone in your family suffers from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems, then airborne particles in your home can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and asthma attacks. People with chemical sensitivity, such as children, the sick, and the elderly can also experience similar symptoms when exposed to VOCs found in building materials, furniture, paints and solvents, household cleaners, and fragrances.
High levels of humidity can make your home feel sticky and potentially create a breeding ground for mold, mildew, dust mites, and bacteria.
Call Comfort Zone’s trained specialists to learn more about the sources of Indoor Air pollutants and how to protect your family from them with the following products:
- Air cleaners
- UV lights
- Other air quality products
According to the American Lung Association, indoor air pollution poses a threat to respiratory health and everyone should consider doing what they can to improve the quality of indoor air. Whole house air cleaners have been shown to minimize the ill effects of indoor air pollutants, such as dust, pet dander, pollen, and chemicals, as well as reduce airborne viruses and bacteria.
Comfort Zone Heating and Air Conditioning is experienced in air quality evaluation and are prepared to help you assess your family’s indoor air quality needs:
- Select the model that’s right for your home
- Install and regulate your new air cleaner for maximum efficiency
Comfort Zone understands how the right humidity level in your home can increase comfort and decrease heating and cooling bills. They are specially trained to:
- Evaluate humidity conditions
- Recommend the right humidity system for your home
- Install and maintain your humidifier or dehumidifier
The efficiency of your heating and cooling system is affected by the thermostat controlling them. Let us improve efficiencies with programmable thermostats and provide great returns on a small investment.