What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, is described essentially as the quality of air within a building. This could be in homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals and more. Poor indoor air quality is caused by a variety of factors, almost all of which create indoor air pollution.
Indoor air pollution is a key health concern, particularly for people who have asthma and allergies; but IAQ is not something that is typically on most people’s minds. Even if there are clear indicators, such as ill health effects, poor IAQ can be difficult to detect, as symptoms of indoor air quality mimic those of colds, seasonal allergies, and more. The effects of actual indoor air pollution, though, can be far more hazardous than a common cold. Poor IAQ can cause respiratory or other health issues and could potentially lead to cancer.
It’s smart to be mindful of what creates poor air quality and indoor air pollution. Below we list the most common causes of poor IAQ.
This building material is no longer used in home construction but can certainly be found in older homes. If your home has asbestos it can create a variety of health problems, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious complications.
Our furry friends offer a lot of great companionship, but they also can contribute to poor IAQ if not properly cared for and clean up after. Bathe and groom your pet as directed by your veterinarian to prevent dander buildup on your pets skin. Dander is simply a term for the microscopic particles of skin that flake from your pets during normal activity. Buildup up dander in the home can cause issues for everyone, not just pet allergy sufferers. Clean your home regularly to rid it of pet debris, and consider upgrading your HVAC air filter to a HEPA filter.
They produce wonderful food, but they can potentially be compromising your indoor air quality by leaking harmful chemicals throughout your home. If you have a gas powered space heater, avoid using this as well for the same reason.
Formaldehyde is one of the most common indoor air pollutants, and cause severe health problems for those exposed to it for long periods of time. Symptoms of formaldehyde exposure include throat irritation, itchy and red eyes, dry nose, and other allergy-like symptoms. Long term exposure can lead to cancer.
If you or anyone else in your household smokes indoors, your indoor air quality is suffering. The smoke can cause a variety of health concerns from respiratory irritation to lung cancer. The smartest thing you can do for the health of your indoor air is to quit smoking. If this isn’t possible, then designate your home as a smoke-free zone and take it outdoors—ideally 25 feet away from your place of residence.
Consider an Air Purifier for Better IAQ
Once you have conquered all the indoor air pollutants listed above, consider adding an air purifier to your home. At Cal Air, we offer the Carrier Infinity Air Purifier System, which can remarkably improve the quality of your home’s indoor air. Live in the Green Valley area and want to learn more about this incredible system? Call us at 702-550-1435.