What Is Indoor Air Quality & Why Is It Important?

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Have you ever given much thought to the air quality inside your home? It is often easy not to give the slightest thought to something you can’t see. We get it! However, your and your family’s health and safety are of the utmost importance. At Circleville Heating & Cooling, your safety is our top priority. Today, we discuss the importance of IAQ, which stands for Indoor Air Quality. Indoor air quality references the quality of air inside or around a residential home. 

So why is it important? Depending on the pollutant type an individual is exposed to, it may result in short- or long-term health-related issues. So although one may not immediately notice the effects, the consequences of continuous exposure can be detrimental to an individual’s health over time. Things like allergens or pollen, dust particles, certain indoor plants, pet fur or dander, fuel-burning combustion appliances, or tobacco products are all considered indoor air pollutants. The best way to improve indoor air quality inside your home is to evaluate what your air quality may need to improve and adjust accordingly. The following are some ways to better purify the air quality in your home.

What Does the iWave-R Do?

The iWave-R is a whole-home air purification system known for its ability to remove impurities and viruses from the air. It functions in conjunction with your existing HVAC system and is self-reliant, meaning it does not require any replacement pieces should something act up, and it does not require a clean regime either. We highly recommend considering the iWave-R if you are looking for an air purification system. If you have any further questions regarding this, we would be happy to assist you.

What Does a Dehumidifier Do?

The suggested humidity level inside a home should be around 30% – 50%. It is good to be aware of the humidity levels being too high since overly moisturized air can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. If this happens to be an issue you are encountering, a dehumidifier can help with this. Tackling this issue head-on and resolving it is extremely important, and mold and mildew can cause respiratory problems long term.

What Does a Humidifier Do?

The winter season isn’t all magical. Some disadvantages come along with the colder weather. When temperatures drop, the air becomes dry, and so does the air quality inside your home. Dry air causes dry skin, bloody noses, sleep and breathing issues. To counteract this uncomfortable issue, we suggest investing in a humidifier. There are quite a few options available on the market that are suited to the size of your home and your budget.

What Do UV Lights Do?

UV lights are a great way to improve the air quality in your home. It works because the UV light rays nip the problem in the bud by zapping the airborne pollutant DNA. This process eliminates the pollutant’s ability to rejuvenate itself. If you are considering using UV lights, a few factors to consider are the location and size of your HVAC system. For this reason, we highly recommend consulting an HVAC service professional. 

Keep in mind that flareups do not always happen after just one exposure to a possible pollutant. Sometimes, multiple exposures will occur before an individual responds negatively or shows any symptoms. So if you or someone in your home are experiencing any adverse side effects, don’t rule out any possible pollutants until you can pinpoint them for sure. Individuals also respond differently than another individual based on a preexisting medical condition or their age. Remember that everyone reacts differently. With that in mind, if you would like more information on indoor air quality or would like to discuss your options to improve the air quality in your home, don’t hesitate to call us! We are open 24/7 and would be more than happy to assist you. Give your team at Circleville Heating & Cooling a call today at (740) 281-5323, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!