Indoor air quality or IAQ is a measurement of the quality of the air inside your Denham Springs, Louisiana, home. Poor levels of IAQ can impact your family’s health, so being aware of the standards of indoor air quality and how not meeting them can affect your family is important.
Standards of QualityIndoor air quality (IAQ)is an important consideration for any homeowner, but it’s especially important if you have family members with sensitive lungs. IAQ can encompass anything from the amount of debris and allergens to levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to how much humidity is in the air. High indoor air quality indicates that there is balanced, clean air inside the home. Poor IAQ is when the above-mentioned detritus reaches unhealthy levels and begins to impact the comfort of your home.
Poor air quality can lead to poor health. The most common signs of poor indoor air quality affecting your family are similar to colds: coughing, sneezing, irritated eyes, congestion, and/or difficulty breathing. If the levels are high enough, you may also notice skin reactions like hives or itchiness. Substances that decrease IAQ are often asthma triggers and so pose a danger to family members with sensitive lungs. Long-term exposure will only augment these symptoms and may lead to permanent damage if not addressed.
Indoor air quality is relatively easy to restore. Be sure to change your HVAC filter regularly, do deep, detailed cleaning regularly, and employ ventilation when the air inside your home is exposed to VOCs from household cleaners or other supplies, or when humidity levels rise from showers or cooking. You can also invest in air purifiers to further increase the air quality inside your home and there are multiple houseplants that act as organic yet effective air cleaners.
One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Baton Rouge's technicians are experts in indoor air quality. Give us a call at (225) 320-4162 today to set up a consultation.