The Importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

    If you or anyone in your family have respiratory ailments, sometimes attributed to poor indoor air quality, your home indoor air may be worse than the outdoor air that you breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency has said that indoor air is often 7-10 times poorer than outdoor air quality.

    72 Degrees Heating & Air Conditioning offers Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products that solve a variety of IAQ problems that are common in homes today.

    You can’t always reduce or eliminate the air contaminant source in your home. Ventilation can help, but the source of contaminant can be in the outside air itself. This is especially true if your home is located near busy roadways, construction, agricultural activities, and excessive exhaust. Also, ventilation may raise the cost of your air conditioning bills, since you may be setting your system to heat or cool more air than before. When control and ventilation are not practical, filtration becomes an important option.

    There are some basic approaches to improving your home’s indoor air quality:
    • Control or eliminate the source of pollutants in your home
    • Dilute the contaminant, usually through ventilation, or
    • Remove the contaminant from the air by filtration

    Maintaining an ideal temperature in your home requires the house to be “tight,” preventing air from coming in or escaping.

    But while this tightness may help enhance temperatures inside your home, it also impacts indoor air quality by creating the unfortunate side effect of keeping potentially harmful allergens, bacteria, and other unwelcome house guests inside your house. These can, of course, have a detrimental effect on your health.

    Indoor Air Quality Danger Levels

    Not all household pollutants are equal. Some are more harmful than others. The Centers for Disease Control has developed three specific danger levels delineating many common household irritants and their potential side effects.

    The question is: how do you keep your home both comfortable and free of pollutants? While there’s no way to eliminate the existence of allergens in your home, you can minimize them.

    That’s where 72 Degrees Heating & Air Conditioning comes in. We specialize in products and services that maintain a high level of indoor air quality by keeping the air in your home fresh and clean.

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