Indoor Air Quality 101

Most people are picky when it comes to the temperature inside their home.Some like it cold, others warm. While temperature of the air is often discussed, air quality is more important. Poor indoor air quality can affect your health and further upset any lingering respiratory issues you may have. Take the time to learn the facts about indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality 101

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Pollution sources in your home can release gases or contaminants into the air, negatively affecting your air quality. Some pollution sources include:
  • Gas/Oil/Kerosene
  • Malfunctioning Stoves, Furnaces, Heaters
  • Tobacco Products
  • Insulation Containing Asbestos
  • Wet or Damp Carpets
  • Central Heating & Cooling Systems
These pollutants will sit in the air if there is not proper ventilation throughout your home. Fresh outdoor air is needed to help dilute the polluted air and carry out any contaminants it may hold. High temperatures and humidity will also worsen and increase the concentrations of the pollutants.

Amount of Ventilation
Pollutants can increase to unsafe levels when there is little to no outdoor air entering a home. When this happens, health and comfort problems can arise. Outdoor air can enter a home by any of these three different ways:

  • Infiltration – Outdoor air will enter the house via small openings, around windows and doors, and through cracks in the walls, floor, and ceilings.
  • Natural Ventilation – Air will enter the house through opened windows and doors.
  • Mechanical Ventilation – Devices such as outdoor-vented fans and air handling systems will work to push out indoor air and pull in filtered outdoor air.

When there is little infiltration, natural ventilation, and mechanical ventilation, pollutant levels can increase.

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health
Having poor indoor air quality could cause harm to your health. Short term effects include fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Spending years in a home with a poor air quality could result in long-term effects, such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, and cancer.

Now that you know the importance of air quality in your home, it’s time to check what your own home’s air quality is like. Allow the professionals at EnviroGreen Boston to inspect your home and see if your ductwork needs cleaning. A clean set of ducts could mean the difference between poor air quality and superior air quality. Give us a call at (844) 775-7700 to get a free estimate today!

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