One of the biggest threats to your home’s indoor air quality is a poorly maintained HVAC system, or damaged ductwork. Investing in routine maintenance—at least once a year—can help fend off these problems. However, it’s important to be aware of where these threats come from and what other dangers exist.
Poor indoor air quality is more than just inconvenient and uncomfortably. It is unhealthy, capable of affecting even the healthiest people in your household. Keep reading to learn more about common sources of indoor air quality problems.
Homes today are built “tighter” than they were in the past, not allowing for any air to escape. This helps your HVAC system run very efficiently, however does not equate to very good air quality. Fresh air must be brought into your home in order to dilute emissions such as vapors, fumes, gases and even cigarette smoke. One product we carry that helps with this is the energy recovery ventilator.
High temperatures and humidity levels can wreak havoc on your indoor air. Your home’s relative humidity level should be between 30-50%, though in the summertime this level is usually much higher. Excess moisture causes mold to develop, which in turn can create property damage and unhealthy conditions for you and your family.
Outdoor Sources of Pollution
While many household products such as cleaning solutions and hairspray affect your indoor air quality, outside pollutants also play a role. These outside sources can include radon, pesticides, smog, and allergens. This is a lot more than just irritating. These pollutants can cause significant ill effects for you and your family.
The bad news is that your home faces many threats when it comes to air quality. However, the good news is that we have the products and services to help combat these threats. From air filtration devices to humidity control appliances, we can assist with any of your home comfort needs.
ACI Northwest is here to help with your indoor air quality concerns in Coeur d’Alene, WA. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice.