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Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Importance of Indoor Air Quality


On average, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, whether it’s at school, work, the movie theater or at home. Indoors is also where pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than they are outdoors. This is problematic for everyone, but especially for those predisposed to respiratory issues like asthma or allergies.

What Impacts Indoor Air?

Many factors impact the quality of the air within your home including:

Chemicals

Chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene are commonly found in household products such as paint, plastic, cleaning products, furniture, and adhesives. All of these chemicals can cause nasal and eye irritation, an increased risk of asthma and allergies or worse symptoms for those who already suffer from respiratory issues.

Pets

Our beloved, furry pets, unfortunately, have an adverse effect on the quality of the air inside of our homes. The air is mostly impacted by their fur and dander that falls off constantly. Because their fur is so light, it can easily be carried throughout your home, from room to room and eventually into your air duct system where it will sit until it is blown through the air vents once again.

Particles

Aside from pet hair, there are a lot of other particles that are circulating throughout your home. Particles like dust, dirt, and bacteria all of which settle in your air ducts only to be recirculated once you turn your HVAC on.

Humidity

The level of moisture in your home also plays a vital role in your air quality, your health, and your comfort.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

There are a lot of different ways to improve the quality of air within your home; the best method will depend on what your particular air quality issue is.

UV Light

UV lights are great for killing and eliminating bacteria, germs, and mold. They work by filtering air through them so that the air is exposed to the UV lights. These lights then kill the bacteria at its nucleus so that it dies and cannot reproduce. Some HVAC units come with built-in UV lights so that bacteria and viruses are killed before the air is even circulated through your home.

Air Purifier

At My Guy Heating & Cooling, we install a variety of different whole home ventilation systems including balanced systems, exhaust systems, energy systems, and supply systems. In order to decide which system is best for your home, we will come out and evaluate your home’s surroundings and the HVAC unit that is currently installed to recommend the best option for you.

Houseplants

This might seem farfetched, but certain plants have the ability to absorb chemicals from the air and convert them into oxygen. Plants like spider plants, peace lilies, and bamboo palms work best for all of the most common chemicals that are found in your home.

Humidifier/Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers will help to curb the growth of bacteria, mold and other lifeforms that thrive in moist environments. They are even more beneficial in environments with a higher humidity level, like communities near the beach.

Humidifiers have the opposite effect; they introduce moisture into the air in the form of a very fine mist. Humidifiers are best in cold climates or during winter when the air is typically drier. The added moisture is especially beneficial for those with allergies and provides added relief to eyes, throat, lungs and dry skin as natural moisture levels drop off throughout the year.

How We Can Help

At My Guy, we specialize in all heating, air conditioning, and ventilating services, including air quality services. If you need help figuring out what your particular air quality issue is, give us a call, and we can come out and evaluate your situation. We’re here to answer all of your questions and provide you with the comfort and relief you deserve. Give us a call or visit our website for more information about the services we offer.

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