Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Why should you keep your home’s air clean?
Simply put, poor air quality can lead to poor health.
Pollutants in your home’s air can cause dizziness, headaches, nasal congestion and fatigue, plus they can aggravate allergies and asthma.
Pollutants can come from many different sources inside and outside the home. For instance, furnishings, such as upholstery may release chemicals into the air. These pollutants circulate through ductwork, entering every room and living space. And if ventilation is inadequate, the pollutants multiply.
High temperatures and humidity also increase concentrations of some pollutants. This is why system maintenance is so important to Davis Heating and Air Conditioning.
What is Indoor Air Pollution?
Indoor air pollution can come in many forms throughout our homes.
Chemical Pollutants – These are pollutants that are within many household products. Many cleaning products release gases called Volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Your body reacts to these gases and you may have problems like headaches, nausea, and irritated eyes and throat.
Pollutants and your family are of special concern. Care with indoor air pollution is a must with children. It is especially harmful to kids, who breathe faster than adults, inhaling more air. Babies crawling are nearer to the ground where heavy contaminants hang in the air, and can be really affected by this.
What type of indoor air pollution can you find within a home?
New carpeting is a source of chemical VOC’s. People can get headaches, rashes and throat irritation for new installations. It is not only the carpet fibers, but the padding and the adhesives used in attaching the carpet can give off harmful gases. For individuals with allergies and asthma, carpeting is not always a great flooring option.
Paints and paint strippers are another source of harmful gases. There is an active movement to developing low-VOC paints to minimize health risks now associated with painting. This is where having a great air purifying system will be extremely beneficial.
Even storing paints is important, as the gases can leak from the sealed cans. So it needs to be in a well-ventilated area, not near your main living areas.
The chemical formaldehyde is found in many home items. Wood furniture that is made out of pressed wood contains it. So do permanently pressed drapes and clothing. New products give off stronger emissions than products that have been aired out, so you might want to air out new furniture. Care must be given to these products that are around children, as children are extremely vulnerable to respiratory irritation from formaldehyde fumes.
Call Davis Heating and Air Conditioning today if any of these issues are of concern with you and your family. We’ll schedule a visit to survey your home’s air condition requirements!