On average, 1 in 4 Americans spend most of their day, or at least 20 hours, indoors. This is supported by a 2011 study funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which revealed that the average American spends 87% of their life indoors. As we have become “indoor species”, it’s inevitable that indoor air quality will be of interest. To help you out, AC repair professional Dave’s Heat & Air discusses what indoor air quality is and what you, as a homeowner, can do about it.
The Importance of Good Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality refers to how healthy or how polluted the air is within and around a building or enclosed structure, such as a home. Determining the quality of indoor air is important, as concentrations of pollutants, combined with – or sometimes worsened by – thermal conditions, can affect your family’s health and comfort.
Poor indoor air quality has been known to cause allergies, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Meanwhile, prolonged exposure to polluted indoor air can cause more serious respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. This is why indoor air quality needs to be properly managed on a daily basis.
Achieving Good Indoor Air Quality at Home
Fortunately, there are ways to achieve and maintain good indoor air quality at home, such as:
- Controlling pollutant sources. High concentrations of radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the ground, is a primary concern when it comes to indoor air quality. The first thing you should do is have your home tested for radon levels. Then, make sure that possible sources, such as pores and cracks on the floor and foundation are properly sealed. Other sources of dangerous gas, such as stoves, also need to be adjusted to control emissions.
- Improving ventilation. Adequate and proper circulation of heat and air is a must for improving indoor air quality. It is wise then to invest in an HVAC system that sufficiently meets your home’s ventilation needs. This way contaminated indoor air will be pushed out of your home while fresh outdoor air flows in.
- Investing in HVAC maintenance. High-quality air cleaners or purifiers can efficiently help rid the air of pollutants, including allergens, pollen, pet dander and even bacteria, as well as the timely cleaning and replacement of these components to ensure they keep functioning as they should.
Get started on improving indoor air quality in your home by turning to heating and air conditioning repair experts at Dave’s Heat & Air. We are here to assist you in any way we can to make your home safer and healthier for you and your family. Call us today at (972) 524-5996 to learn more about what we can do for you.