What is Indoor Air Quality & Why is it Important?

Mar 25, 2022 | Indoor Pollutants, Air Filter, Blog, Dehumidifier, Humidifier, HVAC, IAQ, Indoor Air Quality Blog, LRF, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Thermostat

The course of events over the past couple of years has led many people to spend more time in the comfort of their homes. Research has shown that an individual spends 90% of their time indoors on average. Unfortunately, studies have shown that the air within a home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. This is where indoor air quality or IAQ comes into play. IAQ refers to the air quality inside a residence or building. The quality of air that you and your family are exposed to is not something to be taken lightly. Indoor air quality can produce both short-term and long-term health effects. LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling consider our customers part of our family! Therefore, we want the best for you! Keep reading as we discuss the importance of indoor air quality and how to improve it.

What Pollutant Sources Should I Be Aware of?

Identifying common pollutant sources is essential. Different pollutants may cause different people to react. So, while you may notice an adverse reaction in one individual, it is normal for others in the household not to show any symptoms. Keep in mind that age and preexisting medical conditions play a prominent role in what pollutants affect an individual. The following pollutant source is a list of common contaminants that may cause adverse reactions. 

  • Allergens, mold, and mildew
  • Harmful household cleaning products
  • Fuel-burning combustion appliances
  • Construction or building materials like asbestos
  • Tobacco products
  • Pet fur or dander

What Benefits Do I Get from Regularly Changing My Air Filters?

An excellent place to start is your HVAC system’s air filters. Industry standards state air filters need changing every 1-2 months. Since an air filter’s job is to trap allergens and dust particles, this is something we highly recommend enforcing. Otherwise, a clogged air filter will strain your HVAC system. As a result, getting into the habit of changing out your air filters regularly will enable your HVAC system to function at its best capacity, thus extending its lifespan while producing the best air quality possible.

What Does a Humidifier Do for IAQ?

Cold weather causes uncomfortable short-term side effects such as dry skin, chapped lips, and sleeping or breathing issues. This humidity change occurs due to cold temperatures causing the humidity to be drawn out of the air. To be able to counteract the dry air within your home, you will need to raise the level of moisture to a higher level. This can be accomplished by using a humidifier. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of different models on the market. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us, and we can work together to discuss the best option for your home.

What Does a Dehumidifier Do for IAQ?

Excessive moisture in the air is another problem you may come across depending on the season and structure of your home. Overly moisturized air is considered a pollutant source because it provides the perfect environment for mildew and mold to grow. Mildew and mold growth are linked to major health problems relating to heart and as well as respiratory problems. If you suspect the IAQ within your home is compromised due to unusually high humidity levels, investing in a dehumidifier is a great solution!

What Does a Smart Thermostat to Help with IAQ?

Many homeowners have upgraded to the usage of smart thermostats in their homes. Using a smart thermostat is a great way to monitor and keep track of the air quality inside your home. Smart thermostats like The Nest Learning Thermostat can monitor indoor air quality. A smart thermostat will measure your home’s IAQ, and if it detects stale air, it will communicate with your HVAC system. This feature will then turn the fan on, resulting in the stale air being directed back to the return ducts. This process is advantageous for homeowners as it automatically circulates the fresh air throughout the home.

Your experts at LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling want to see you succeed in your IAQ endeavors as your start your journey to improving the indoor air quality in your home. We are here to assist you 24/7, 365 days a week! If you have any further questions concerning IAQ, or perhaps you have an issue with your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you and we consider it an honor to be your trusted HVAC professional. Call (614) 837-4822, or schedule an appointment by clicking here!