Indoor Air Quality Defined
Air quality is a measurement of the health quality of the air inside a residence, business, or building of any type. It is measured by testing collected air samples, measuring air flow, collecting samples from surfaces (i.e. walls and ceilings), and measurements of human exposure to pollutants.
Indoor air quality measurements are mainly concerned with not only how comfortable a building’s air is to breathe, but also how breathing it affects overall health. Measurements and tests generally look for organic pollutants such as molds and bacteria and harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide and radon.
Indoor air quality can be improved dramatically by following these five tips:
- Keep Floors Clean – Dust has notably negative effect on air quality. Aside from being an irritant in its own right, dust can also absorb chemicals from a variety of sources and other pollutants that are tracked in from outside. So vacuum, mop, and make use of floor mats in businesses.
- Humidity – Having incorrect humidity levels can encourage dust, fungal growth, and mold – which combine to decrease indoor air quality. Humidity levels should be at 30 to 50 percent. We advise using a dehumidifier, fixing leaky pipes to reduce moisture, vent hot air from appliances outdoors, and making sure drip pans are regularly emptied.
- No Smoking Indoors – Smoking is a leading cause of indoor pollution. With over 4,000 harmful chemicals and secondhand smoke being a cause of several illnesses (such as cancer) it is a type of indoor air pollution that must be avoided.
- Indoor Air Testing – we advise indoor air quality testing to ensure there are no odorless pollutants in the air. For example, radon is a colorless and odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Due to its aforementioned properties, it can only be detected by testing the air.
- Improve Ventilation – a ventilation system with built-in filtering and air purification systems can help remove harmful substances from the air and greatly improve overall air quality in a home or business.
By performing a home or business air quality test, you can make sure the air you breathe is healthy. This has several health benefits, including: a reduction in allergy ailments, a reduction in odors, reducing the chance to be exposed to carcinogens that can cause serious illness, improved sleep, easier breathing, and an overall reduction in energy costs.
As the above information shows, indoor air quality standards are an important part of overall home and business health and. The regular monitoring of indoor air quality is important.
At A-Z Air Duct, we offer solutions that improve overall air quality in the home and businesses. Our air filtration systems help keep the air you breathe healthy and provide all the above noted benefits. Contact us today to learn more about our air quality control systems and about the health benefits we can provide to our clients.