The average American spends approximately 90% of their time indoors, whether at work, school or home. That means that the quality of the indoor air matters. Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, is an important aspect of the home that many homeowners overlook. Understanding how IAQ affects the health of you and your family can help to reduce illnesses due to polluted indoor air. With poor indoor air quality in the home, you and your family may be vulnerable to health issues that could appear quite soon after initial exposure, or sometimes even months or years later depending on the type of airborne contaminants in your home.
Every geographic area is different when it comes to the types of pollutants that can make their way into your home. It’s important for those living in Las Vegas to understand the specific IAQ issues they may face so that they can work to improve the quality of their indoor air. Below, we’ll dive a little deeper into what Las Vegas homeowners need to know about indoor air quality.
Las Vegas Indoor Air Quality: What You Need to Know
In Las Vegas, smog is reported at dangerous levels, resulting in a poor IAQ rating from the American Lung Association. The air outdoors can sneak in and accumulate indoor, which causes your home’s indoor air quality to suffer. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to asthma, heart conditions, and other health risks that could cause serious illness or potentially death, especially for more vulnerable household members such as the elderly or small children.
The aim should be to achieve excellent indoor air quality, as it the healthiest option for you and your family. Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your home’s IAQ:
- Change your HVAC system’s air filter. Since filters vary, you’ll want to change it as frequently as the manufacturer suggests. We recommend checking your filter about once every month and replacing the filter once it appears unclean. If you live with pets, consider getting a HEPA filter.
- Look for any mold or mildew in your home. This is especially important to look for in the basement, garage, and other areas where the environment may be damp. Remove any standing water in your home, and if you suspect mold or mildew, call in a professional so they can combat this contaminant at its source.
- Have your home tested for radon. Radon is an unsafe radioactive gas which can cause severe health effects. The air outside of your home usually has very low levels of radon, but this substance can build up indoors in hazardous concentrations.
- Get your ducts sealed. Getting your air ducts sealed helps reduce the buildup of pollutants in your home, and it can also prevent your HVAC system from leaking cool or warm air. This will not only improve your indoor air quality, but it will also improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
- Consider getting an air purifier. Your indoor air quality can be greatly improved with a Carrier Infinity air filter, which is also known as a whole house air purifier. Give us a call today for more information on how this device can reduce pollutants in your home’s air: 702-550-1435
Cal Air cares about you and your loved ones’ health. That’s why we aim to help you achieve better indoor air quality in your home. Don’t forget the role your HVAC system plays in your indoor air! Have your HVAC system checked out regularly. We recommend an HVAC tune-up twice per year to make sure that your system is running smoothly and efficiently. Check out our Preventative Maintenance for residents and business owners, and learn how we can help improve the quality of your Las Vegas indoor air.