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How to Solve Common IAQ Issues

Did you know that the quality of the air that you breathe inside your home has a major impact on your health? Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of indoor air as it pertains to your health and comfort. A large percentage of homeowners often neglect this important aspect of indoor living, causing either subtle or noticeable negative health effects. Indoor air quality should be everyone’s concern. Studies have shown that we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, ultimately proving the severity of the situation when indoor air quality is ignored. Additionally, people with allergies or asthma depend on high-quality air to live comfortably. An investment in your indoor air quality is an investment in your health.

Common Indoor Air Quality Problems

Indoor air quality issues naturally develop over time. The severity of indoor air quality issues depends on a large number of factors, including location, season, lifestyle, activities, condition of HVAC equipment, and presence of building components and furnishings. Any of these issues can create IAQ problems or perpetuate existing ones that negatively impact your health.

1. Pollen can be a major IAQ concern for specific areas during the spring, particularly to individuals who suffer from allergies. 

2. Lifestyle can seriously impact indoor air quality; if a homeowner smokes indoors, the quality of the air in the home suffers severely.

3. The condition of the HVAC equipment is an important factor in determining a building’s indoor air quality. Leaky or dirty ductwork can compromise the quality of the air you breathe. 

4. Finally, building components and furnishings are unexpected contributors to poor indoor air quality due to their release of volatile organic compounds, which are dangerous to your health.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

It’s clear that there’s a need for an effective solution to poor quality air in your home or business and the threats associated with it. Lee's AC offers industry-leading indoor air quality services that address even the most complex indoor air quality issues. The following list of products are among the best in the industry for cleaning the air inside your home or business:

  • Air Purifiers: Air purifiers pull contaminants directly from the air. Think of an air purifier as your first line of defense against common household air pollutants. The purification process is simple, effective, and beneficial to your health.

  • Air Humidifiers: One factor that plays into indoor air quality is the humidity level. Humidity is damaging to your indoor air quality both when it is too high and when it is too low. High levels of humidity facilitate the growth of mold, and mold spores are damaging to your health when breathed in. Low levels of humidity allow air pollutants to remain suspended in the air, inevitably being breathed in by a building’s inhabitants. By controlling and maintaining a consistent, appropriate level of humidity, your air is healthier to breathe because air pollutants sink to the floor and are unlikely to be inhaled. Good humidity levels also help to improve dry skin conditions and prevent wood furniture from cracking.

  • Fresh Air Ventilators: Fresh air is one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality. Mechanical ventilators attach to your air distribution system and introduce a controlled amount of outdoor air into the home or business. As outdoor air is drawn into the ductwork, an equal amount of stale indoor air is removed from the living area. Replenishing your home with fresh air can make a huge difference in your home’s or business’s indoor air quality.

  • UV Lamps: Harmful bacteria pose a threat to your family’s health. To reduce illnesses in your home, UV lamps can be installed in your system’s ductwork. These lights will destroy harmful bacteria with ultraviolet light.

Indoor air quality is essential to optimize both HVAC efficiency and healthy, comfortable living. Choose Lee's AC to work with you to discover the perfect indoor air quality solution for your home or business today!

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