What is the importance of indoor air quality? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. The majority of our exposure to environmental pollutants are breathing in air indoors. Pollutants come from a variety of activities and materials ranging from cleaning products to bacteria and mold.

Indoor air quality is obviously a big concern, particularly for those in the HVAC industry. It is our dedication to provide clean, healthy air for you, your family, your office, and your employees. Time spent indoors has increased significantly due to the amount of school and work. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home. The amount of pollutants in the air are hazardous to all people within the households and can contribute or cause health and breathing issues. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by:

 

  • Chemicals

Airborne chemicals are one of the most dangerous aspects of air pollutants. Cleaning products, building materials, and other products can release harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These chemical emissions may cause serious health issues.

  • Mold

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can also be released through mold, a build-up of bacteria that stems from moisture and poorly ventilated areas. Mold spores can spread within a building or home and cause serious breathing concerns. If you suspect that you may have a mold problem, it’s imperative that you contact a professional.

  • Particulates

Airborne particulates may stem from dirt and dust from the outdoors, during construction, or through furnishings. They may cause allergic reactions or other respiratory issues. This is where the importance of clean air filters come into play. Check your air filters regularly to measure your air quality.

  • Poor Ventilation

Air conditioned buildings are trying to keep the outdoor air out for cooling and/or heating purposes which is, at its core, a logical idea. However, closing vents in certain room in an effort to keep a particular area cool or warm is detrimental to the HVAC system as well as the air circulation and ventilation.

 

It’s not all bad news! There are many active steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality. “Source control” is among the many ways that you can combat poor indoor air quality. Source control includes selecting products that are GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions. You can see a list of GREENGUARD certified products here and begin your journey for clean air. As always, maintain you HVAC system and give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. Your health and safety is our priority.