Optimum IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) is essential not only for your comfort, but also for the health of your family members. IAQ comprises air that is optimally warm/ cool, as well as free from contaminants. Typical air pollutants include carbon monoxide, dust mites, microbial organisms, toxic fumes, dirt and odors. Poor IAQ can make building occupants experience breathing problems, allergies, sinusitis, headaches, fatigue, nausea and dizziness among other health problems. It is, therefore, paramount that you always ensure your indoor air quality is top notch.
DIY tips that can help you improve indoor air quality
Increase air flow and exchange
Opening windows and doors creates space and conditions that enable free and sufficient indoor and outdoor air exchange. When enclosed for a long time, indoor air can become stale or harbour conditions that induce the growth of bacteria and mold, among other microbial organisms. Letting fresh outdoor air indoors expels pollutant-loaded indoor air, in effect eliminating a significant percentage of the air pollutants that affect the health of your family members.
Minimize activities that emit/ exacerbate air pollutants
Smoke, dust, pet waste, dust mites and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) comprise the highest indoor air pollutants. To improve indoor air quality, you should eliminate or reduce activities that generate these pollutants. For instance, you can ensure that HVAC and other appliances do not leak unburned or half-burned fuels that release carbon monoxide into the environment. Whenever possible, use cleaning appliances (especially vacuum cleaners) that do not re-introduce dirt to other parts of cleaned surfaces. It is also advised that you use cleaning agents that do not contain allergens that could affect your family members’ health. Lastly, eliminate grounds that emit toxic fumes and other air pollutants around your home.
Professional HVAC intervention for improving IAQ
Keeping a tab on your indoor air quality is not complete without professional HVAC intervention. You should contact an HVAC professional, like Brody Pennell Manhattan Beach HVAC services to conduct indoor air quality testing regularly, or whenever you suspect that your indoor air is contaminated yet you cannot put your finger on the source of the pollution. Professional HVAC contractors use high-tech machines and products to detect the presence and source of air pollution such as carbon monoxide/ dioxide, mould, freon, and VOCs among other air pollutants. Additionally, they can install, repair, service and clean malfunctioning HVAC equipment, or use relevant products such as UV lights to eradicate mold and other microbial organisms.
Pure indoor air is necessary for the health of premises’ occupants. A person can improve indoor air quality by ensuring there is sufficient flow of air, minimal activities that generate pollutants, and optimally functioning HVAC equipment. The role of professional HVAC contractors cannot be undermined in IAQ improvement as they (professionals) can detect and get rid of hard to identify/ eliminate air pollutants. Excessively hot/cold air, saturated with pollutants ruins the good health of your family members; always ensure the air inside your home is well conditioned.