Indoor Air Quality is one of the most important factors in our homes. There is a lot of information going around about air quality, but unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation going around too. Not only can it cause illnesses, it can also affect your energy levels of your family. Here, we bust 5 common myths about indoor air quality.
Air Pollution Is Not Only an Outside Problem
Because of everything that happens in our homes and businesses, indoor air can easily become more polluted than outdoor air. If you consider the way your home or business is built, you will see that it is completely sealed off to prevent the indoor air from escaping. This seal helps provide you with rooms that are a comfortable temperature, and ensures that the humidity of your home is balanced. When air does not circulate properly and mix with outdoor air at the right percentage, the pollutants in your home build up slowly and can reach dangerous levels. Even if it doesn’t smell dirty, the air in your home can lead to significant health problems.
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Over time, you can develop headaches, a chronic cough, fatigue, allergy symptoms, and symptoms that manifest like you would get asthma.
Your Ducts Directly Relate to Indoor Air Quality
When you think about your home’s air conditioning and heating system, you should look at the ductwork as part of your home’s lungs. They are what moves air from the heating and cooling system of your house into your living environment. However, as the air moves from the HVAC system into your home, it collects dirt in the duct work. This dust includes pet dander, pollen, and other allergens. Even though your HVAC system filters out most of it, these particles can build up in the ductwork of your home. When the air blows out of your vents, it enters the air you breathe.
Candles and Air Fresheners Do Affect Your Indoor Air Quality
When you smell something funny in your home, you may be tempted to light a candle. You may also be tempted to light one for relaxation. However, since most candles are made of paraffin, which is harmful, you may be depleting your indoor air quality. Using them often can cause a significant decrease in air quality.
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Great alternatives to paraffin candles are beeswax candles, soy wax candles, or an aromatherapy oil diffuser.
New Homes Do Suffer from Air Quality Problems
There is an active misconception that new homes do not suffer from low indoor air quality. This is good assumption because you would expect a new home to be perfect. Unfortunately, new homes are no exception to the indoor air quality rule. They actually have a lot more hazardous chemicals floating around in the air from the construction process.
Also, new homes are considered more air tight than homes from 50 years ago, so ensuring that your home has proper ventilation is important.
You Can Monitor Your Own Indoor Air Quality
There are many different devices available to monitor the air quality of your home. They measure information just like a fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarm. These monitors measure the humidity, chemicals in the air, and pollutant levels in your home. You can purchase indoor air quality monitors from your local HVAC dealer, or you can purchase them online.
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If you are interested in improving your indoor air quality, contact your local HVAC dealer to learn about different products available to improve the quality of air in your home.
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