Throughout our life we hear different terms that we may not understand. Sometimes we take the time to research what they mean and other times we simply decide that we do not care enough to find the information on our own. There are times when our choice not to research a term does not affect our lives but other times our ignorance could end up hurting us. Indoor air quality is one of the topics you may not understand or have taken the time to research. Not understanding indoor air quality could damage you, your home, and your loved ones. Today Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning wants to take the time to help you understand more about indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality Definition
First let’s start off by defining indoor air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, defines it as the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. The more that we understand about indoor air quality the more that we can help protect our family from unnecessary health problems.
It is important to think about your indoor air quality because we spend so much time indoors. Many people mistakenly think that the pollution outside will harm their health the most but this is not an accurate belief. The pollution outdoors is a concern but because we spend more time indoors we will want to put more focus on indoor air pollutants.
Examples of Indoor Air Pollutants
There are things that we bring inside our home that we may not realize are lowering the indoor air quality. The more educated we are on the topic the more we keep the indoor air quality in our home healthy for our family.
• Cigarette Smoke: If you or your loved ones smoke indoors you may want to rethink that decision. There are almost 200 poisons contained in cigarettes. When you smoke indoors you are lowering the indoor air quality of your home significantly. If you do smoke indoors you will want to use an air purifier.
• Pesticides: Many homeowners do everything they can to help keep unwanted bugs from getting into their homes. Pesticides will help you get rid of bugs in your home. You will want to be careful what types of pesticides that you use. Some pesticides reduce your indoor air quality by a large margin.
• Cleaning Supplies: It may surprise you to find that some of the products that you are using to clean your home are actually decreasing your indoor air quality. Do your research and make sure that you are not purchasing cleaning supplies with chemicals that can harm your family.
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In addition to these three things mentioned above, dust, pet dander, cockroaches, mold and mildew will also decrease your indoor air quality. There are many negative reactions that you and your family can have when the air quality inside your home is low. If you have any concerns about your home give us a call here at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning and we can talk about how we can help you increase you indoor air quality.