The quality of the air inside your home can be just as bad as the air outside due to the lack of air circulation. Pollutants such as carbon monoxide, dust, mites, mold and pet dander can cause many health issues if you’re exposed to them long enough. To improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home or office, you need to control the sources of the pollution and increase the ventilation of your home.
Indoor Air Quality and Your Health
Many people don’t realize how important the quality of the air is inside their homes. The combination of high humidity levels, high temperatures, a lack of ventilation and various pollutants is a recipe for disaster. Bad indoor air can have a negative effect on individuals who suffer from respiratory issues. Pollutants in the air can:
- Trigger coughing
- Cause a sore throat
- Trigger tightness in the chest
- Cause headaches
- Cause itchy eyes
- Bring about a shortness of breath
- Cause a full-blown asthma attack
- Cause bronchitis
- Make colds last longer
About Ventilation Systems
Many homes are constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air from leaking into and out of your home to make it more energy efficient. This poses major problems because indoor pollutant levels can get really high, especially without the appropriate ventilation. To get better IAQ, you have to increase the ventilation throughout your home or office. Think about it, if too little outdoor air circulates throughout your home, the pollutants will accumulate and cause health problems.
There are many ways you can ventilate your home. There is natural ventilation, which can happen by simply opening the windows and doors throughout your home to allow the air from outdoors to circulate indoors. Mechanical ventilation involves the use of outdoor-vented fans to remove air from a room. These ventilation systems can be found in kitchens and bathrooms. There are even whole-house systems.
Keeping fresh air in circulation throughout your home is important for the health and the comfort of your family. Without the proper ventilation, these unhealthy pollutants can multiply. Contact us if you have concerns about the quality of the air inside your home or office. We have been servicing businesses and residential clients throughout Elmore, AL and the surrounding areas for many years. Our HVAC technicians at AC by Luquire can help identify the air quality problems, recommend solutions to help control the source and improve the ventilation throughout your home.