What is IAQ, or indoor air quality? Indoor air quality is the air quality within and around buildings and involves the relationship to the occupants’ health and comfort.
Having good quality indoor air is vital to your and your family’s health. Oftentimes when we think of allergens and pollutants, we think of the ones outdoors. But indoor air quality is as important, if not more so. Gases, pollutants and allergens found inside can cause headaches, irritation, fatigue and allergic reactions. Furthermore, certain types of pollutants can cause long-term health complications.
Causes of Indoor Air Problems
The importance of any single source of pollutants depends on how much of it the source actually emits and the level of hazard it presents. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not diluting indoor emissions enough with outdoor air by not carrying indoor pollutants out of the area.
Common Indoor Pollutant Sources
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists these as some potential pollutant sources:
- Using tobacco products inside your home
- Fuel-burning combustion appliances
- New flooring and upholstery
- Household cleaning products
While these things on their own may not necessarily seem like they would create a harmful indoor air quality level, you might be surprised how many every-day products like hairspray, cleaning chemicals, and even paint can be releasing toxins into the air that you breathe at home.
If learning about potential air pollutants in your home seems frightening, don’t worry! Champion AC has several simple practices you can apply on your own, and with professional assistance, to keep your home’s air in tip-top quality.
What You Can Do On Your Own
There are certain precautions you can take to ensure that pollutants don’t end up in the air that you breathe at home, such as:
- Do not smoke in or around your home
- Dispose of rags, sponges or paper towels that have been used with harsh chemicals
- Clean and dust your home regularly
- Limit the amount of harsh chemicals used in your home
- Install and replace an air filter on a regular schedule
How Champion AC Can Help
Sometimes there is only so much you can do to protect your home’s air from harmful toxins and pollutants before professional help is needed. Factors in outdoor air quality such as pollen, smoke, smog, and other pollutants, still can find their way into your home no matter how often you dust surfaces in your home.
When it comes to protecting your home’s air from pollutants you have many options with Champion AC! Here are some of the industry’s best-recommended indoor air quality solutions:
- REME Halo In-Duct Purifier
Using patented REME cell technology to reduce airborne and surface bacteria within your home.
- Guardian Air filtration
Dust mites, pollen, dander and mold spores are among the many things that can end up in your home. Guardian Air filtration combines the purification of a hepa filter with UV lighting to kill any airborne bacteria.
Indoor air quality is a serious health issue that continues to be addressed on the federal, state and local levels. It takes action from both the government and homeowners alike. So as a homeowner, what can you do to make sure your indoor air quality is good for you and your family?
If you’re looking for San Antonio air purification options, Champion AC has our own system designed to handle San Antonio allergens and pollutants. Champion Air Purification is a whole-home air purification system that combats allergens, pollutants and gases like VOCs (chemical odors), cigarette smoke, pollen, dust and mold. Champion AC is here to help San Antonio IAQ be better.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.