Indoor air quality can make a huge impact on your home’s comfortability. Whether it’s allergies or just plain dust, poor indoor air quality can impact your sleep, health, and overall comfort. In our industry, we try to improve the indoor air quality of our clients in addition to achieving the right temperatures in their homes. If you want to improve the quality of the air in your home, follow some of these tips!
What is Indoor Air Quality and Why It’s Important?
Indoor air quality can cause a number of issues in your home for your family. Often homeowners don’t realize the poor indoor air quality of their homes. Once you make a change, you might feel much more comfortable.
Unhealthy indoor air quality can impact the lungs especially for young children. Studies have shown that children sleeping in carpeted rooms with poor indoor air quality may be more likely to develop breathing problems like asthma. If you have strong air filtration and clean the room of dust regularly, your child may be more protected.
Adults can be impacted, too. An overloaded air filter will let in allergens like pollen and dust mites. During the allergy season, your symptoms can be even worse.
Lastly, imbalanced humidity can impact your health, too. A home with dry air will exacerbate your allergies. If you have humid air, it can cause mold growth. Spores from mold can cause diseases particularly if someone in your family is immunocompromised. Make sure your indoor air quality is top-notch.
Poor IAQ Can Make Your Home Uninviting
Beyond the health risks, a home with poor IAQ doesn’t feel like the breath of fresh air it should be. You want a space where you can unwind and relax. If your home is stuffy, humid, or full of allergens, it can be almost impossible to take a load off.
Sleep is another aspect of comfort and health that is impacted by indoor air quality. A dusty home can make your sleep less restful and make it more difficult to fall asleep in the first place.
How Can I Improve My IAQ?
Indoor air quality is made up of three main factors. We’ve already mentioned them, but we want to go more in-depth so you know how you can improve them. Humidity is one factor. Pollutants are another. The last aspect is ventilation. By turning these three “dials”, you can improve your indoor air quality!
The goldilocks zone for home humidity is between 35% and 45%. If you can keep it within that zone, you’ll be good to go! You can increase your home humidity by cooking or adding houseplants throughout your home. You can remove humidity by running your HVAC unit or ventilating away any steam you make from when you use hot water.
Ventilation is important to creating a healthy IAQ. As we know with airborne viruses, ventilation can disperse particles away. Indoor spaces aren’t well ventilated on their own. That is where your HVAC units come through. You can use a fan or open a window. This will prevent the air from stagnating.
There are a bunch of different pollutants out there. Dust mites, pollen, viruses, or cigarette smoke are common examples. No matter what type of pollutant is in your home, as long as you switch out your air filters regularly, you’ll be in decent shape to limit pollutant presence.
With Infinity Air Solutions, you are getting experienced local pros who can inspect your HVAC system and get your Indoor Air Quality back on track. Visit our website or call us today at (205) 291-4869 to schedule an inspection today.