Indoor Air Quality or IAQ refers to the air quality within buildings, especially as it relates to the health and wellbeing of a building’s occupants. By understanding and controlling common household pollutants, you can help reduce your risk of indoor health problems for you and your loved ones.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
There are many different types of pollutants that can enter your home and impact your indoor air quality. The health effects from indoor air pollutants could be symptomatic very soon after exposure, or they could exist silently and not show symptoms for many years. These effects include respiratory and heart diseases, cancer, or other serious illness. It is important to be aware of the quality of your home’s indoor air quality even if no one in your household is showing any signs of illness.
See below for a common list of airborne pollutants:
A Note on Radon
Since radon is odorless and colorless, the federal government recommends that homeowners measure the level of radon in their home. Without measurements there is no way to tell whether radon is present. Invest in an inexpensive device that measures radon, which are available at most hardware and home improvement stores.
If you are interested in learning more about our indoor air products, such as air cleaners, give us a call at 602-388-8928.
Do you have pets at home? If you’re the lucky owner of a special furry friend, then consider these following tips to help you maintain a healthy and happy home for you and your family. These tips below will help keep your home free of airborne pollutants, which will in turn improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Read on to find out these smart home tips for pet owners.
Upgrade Your Air Filter
HEPA filters, and other types of HVAC air filters made especially for pet friendly homes, are an excellent way for pet owners to improve their indoor air quality. Changing your filter regularly will not only prevent pet debris, such as hair and dander from blocking up your filter and re-circulating around your home, it will also ensure that your HVAC system’s lifespan is prolonged.
Keep Your Pets Clean
Regularly grooming—both bathing, brushing, and nail trimming—will help keep your pet happy and your house much cleaner. Brushing not only reduces the amount of pet hair that ends up around the house and stuck to furniture, but it is also a good way to prevent dander from accumulating in the home. Dander is tiny particles of flaked off dead skin and is the leading cause of pet allergies. Regularly grooming your pet will also ensure that you won’t have to clean your upholstery and rugs as often, which will make them last longer.
Vacuum Your House Regularly
Vacuuming is an effective way to rid your home of both pet hair and dander. During the months that pets shed heavily, it may be necessary to vacuum your house daily, paying special attention to rugs and furniture that pets occupy. Don’t forget to vacuum the air vents and registers, as these are prime spots where pet debris likes to accumulate.
Opt for Stain Resistant Fabrics
Stain resistant fabrics are a smart way to keep your home clean when you live with pets. There is a fabric called Crypton that is especially handy for pet lovers, as it resists stains and smells and is virtually indestructible. This fabric is used a lot in hotels, so chances are high that you have already encountered this material before. Consider using it in your home to decrease pet odors and stains.
Go for High Quality Pet Food
You are what you eat, and this applies to pets as well. Choose the highest quality food that you can afford for your pets. This will go a long way in the health of your pet, which includes the health of the pet’s skin and coat. A healthy pet will produce less dander and will ensure that your home stays cleaner. Also, don’t forget the fresh water! Change your pet’s water at least twice daily to ensure they are getting fresh and clean water, which will keep them healthy and hydrated.
HVAC Services Handy Checklist
Another great way to keep your pet-friendly home healthy is to schedule a regular maintenance visit from your local HVAC professionals. Are you in need of a service technician to inspect your HVAC system? Give us a call today to schedule a service call: 602-400-0000.
Did you know that indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air? It’s true. This happens because indoor air traps in airborne pollutants rather easily, and without proper precautions, these pollutants can build up to toxic levels. That’s a scary thought considering many people spend most of their time indoors. If the quality of the air you breathe is poor, then your health will suffer.
One way to combat poor indoor air quality is by making sure that your home is properly ventilated. We’ve compiled a list of steps you can take to ensure that your home’s air is getting proper ventilation, so that you and your loved ones can breathe easy.
Ventilating Your Home
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Indoor air quality refers to–as the name suggests–the quality of the air inside of your home or other buildings, such as schools and offices. It’s important to understand that indoor air quality, or IAQ, is directly associated with our health and well-being. If you’re not sure about the quality of your home’s indoor air, it’s a good idea to have it assessed.
We’ve created this handy infographic so that homeowners can get better acquainted with the technology that is now available to improve your home’s IAQ. It breaks down the latest and greatest products, and what they can do for your indoor air.
Indoor air pollution and improper ventilation is the number one cause of poor IAQ. Mold, dust, tobacco smoke, and pet dander are just some of the pollutants that can affect the quality of the air you breathe. Read on to find out the best products to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
For more details on all the indoor air quality products we offer, visit our Carrier Product Catalog. If you have a specific question about how these products can enhance the quality of your home or business’ indoor air, then give us a call. 602-388-8928
Indoor air quality, or IAQ, describes how clean or breathable the air is within our homes and other buildings. With proper ventilation, filtration and cleanliness, we can keep our home’s indoor air healthy and comfortable. Many homes have high levels of indoor pollutants, some of which often go unnoticed as they may be odorless and invisible. These impurities could be strong cleaning agents, adhesives from carpet or wallpaper, pet dander, mold, pollen, dust, airborne viruses, or many other contaminants.
Why Does Indoor Air Quality Matter?
The indoor air in our home is directly connected to our health and wellness, so if your home has poor indoor air quality, you and your loved ones could be at risk for poor health. The most common sources for indoor air pollution are mold, tobacco smoke, pollen, dust, pet dander, radon, carbon monoxide and asbestos or formaldehyde. Having these contaminants in your home could cause a variety of symptoms, some that may be mistaken for the common cold.
Start by Tackling the Source
The most important thing homeowners should keep in mind about IAQ is that you can improve poor indoor air quality by attacking the cause of the pollutant(s), and then maintaining clean air within your home after the contamination has been removed. Examples include:
- If pollen is creeping inside your home, keep your windows closed during high pollen days, and only open them when pollen is low; also, be sure to have guests and family members remove their shoes upon entering your home, as pollen can easily be tracked on the soles of shoes.
- If you suspect mold, have a professional inspect your home for water damage, leaks, or other causes of moisture, and install a dehumidifier in your home to keep dampness under control.
- The Air Quality Index is a handy place to check on daily air quality in your area. Check the Arizona section for daily reports on pollution and associated health effects, as the outdoor air quality can directly affect the quality of your air indoors.
Focus on Prevention
Once you’ve gotten the cause under control, you’ll then want to focus on future prevention. Proper ventilation is key to maintaining good indoor air quality. You can improve your home’s ventilation in several ways.
- At least once per day (unless pollen or smog levels are particularly high), partially open all windows and allow your home to “breathe” for about 15 minutes.
- Utilize fans in your kitchen, bathrooms, and attic when needed, and after vacuuming, set your thermostat on “run” or “vent” to help the air circulate properly and remove any dust that may have been kicked up into the air.
- Be sure to change your home’s air filter regularly. Check for excess debris once per month, and replace with a new filter as soon as it gets dirty. The air you breathe runs through your HVAC filter, and a dirty filter is bad for your air as well as your HVAC system.
Yet another way to prevent future indoor air quality issues is by taking advantage of Emergency Air Heating and Cooling’s maintenance agreement, which will provide you with the reassurance that your HVAC system is running effectively and efficiently.
For excellent indoor air quality, you’ll want to make sure that your HVAC system is also in excellent shape. Give us a call today to find out more about our worry-free maintenance plan. (602) 400-0000
Your home should be a comfortable oasis that you and your family can retreat to after a long day. Making sure that your home environment is healthy and safe for you and your family is a big part of creating a comfortable home. Use the tips below to help you create a healthier home environment:
Cut out toxic chemical-based cleaners.
This is an easy fix that you can start implementing the next time you shop for cleaning products. Avoid purchasing harsh, chemical-based cleaners. Instead, choose gentle cleaners in place of those that contain harmful ingredients. For information on what cleaners to avoid, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Cleaners Hall of Shame.
If you feel so inclined, many non-toxic cleaners are easy to make at home. Try a mix of lemon juice, vinegar, and water for cleaning glass and other hard surfaces. Baking soda works well to scrub difficult areas, such as toilet bowls and sinks, and makes for a quick carpet refresher when sprinkled lightly over carpets before vacuuming. Other great ideas for cleaning with baking soda can be found here.
Fluctuate your home’s temperature.
Understandably, many people assume that keeping your home at a constant temperature at all times is the best practice for a healthy home environment. In fact, the opposite is true. Indoor spaces, such as homes and offices, that are maintained at a steady temperature can actually disrupt our body’s homeostasis. That’s because our own internal temperature is continuously fluctuating throughout the day, oftentimes in reaction to the changing external environment.
By maintaining an unvarying indoor temperature, we can actually trigger a sense of malaise. Instead, go ahead and indulge in that thermostat war with your significant other or housemate. After all, it’s good for you! If you live alone, be sure to switch up the temperature a few degrees every now and again and reap the benefits of this healthy home tip.
Prevent mold in your home.
Mold can cause serious problems within your home. To prevent mold from emerging, quickly deal with spills and fix any leaks from interior plumbing or the outdoor elements as soon as you notice them. If you suspect that you’ve been dealing with a leak for a long period of time, call in a professional to inspect your home for mold. If mold is found, deal with it immediately.
Prevent future mold buildup by keeping all areas in your home, particularly basements and cellars, free from excess moisture. Depending on the moisture level in your environment, you may need to invest in a dehumidifier.
Ventilation is important.
Many people don’t consider the importance of proper home ventilation, but having adequate ventilation in your home can seriously improve air quality. Just as we mentioned above, since it’s an enclosed environment, it’s easy for air pollutants to build-up within the home. Proper ventilation can help by moving the air through the home to rid your home of pollutants and bring in fresh air.
Most indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air, sometimes up to 10 times more polluted! So, let a little fresh air in every day and breathe easier. For 15 minutes each day, turn off your HVAC system, and slightly open all the windows in your home to let a little fresh air in and any stuffy air out.
Don’t forget HVAC maintenance.
Having your HVAC system checked out regularly by professionals can help you improve the efficiency and increase the longevity of your heating and cooling units, no matter what type of system you own. A trained HVAC technician will help you get to know your HVAC system, alert you to any issues with the unit, and repair any problems as the appear, as well as give you advice on how to keep your system running smooth all year long.
You can find more information about our maintenance plans here, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions: (602) 400-0000