Your Guide to Indoor Air Quality

A photo of a woman enjoying her high indoor air quality

Good health is vital in the pursuit of a long and happy life. But even if you consider yourself a healthy individual, there is an invisible factor you may be leaving out of the equation: indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air inside a residential or commercial building. Considering the average person spends roughly 80 percent of their time indoors, it’s important have high indoor air quality.

The Risks of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Long-term exposure poor indoor air quality has been linked to a variety of side effects, including cancer, heart disease, respiratory illnesses, and more. Besides these potentially fatal conditions, poor IAQ can also contribute to other symptoms, including:

– Headache

– Sore Throat

– Dry Eyes

– Coughing

– Wheezing

– Dizziness

– Fatigue

– Shortness of Breath

– Congestion

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Lots of things can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Dust and debris from construction sites can allow particles to accumulate in air vents, while old, dirty air filters can’t properly filter out the bad stuff. Even some of your favorite products, like hairspray, air fresheners, and scented candles can all contribute to poor IAQ.

How You Can Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Proper VentilationIt’s important to ensure proper ventilation in your home. If you don’t already have ventilation in rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room that navigates directly outdoors, investing now can improve your air quality more than you may realize. If you already have ventilation in place, you can save yourself money and upgrade the quality of your system by investing in an energy-efficient product. By providing more ventilation to the various rooms in your home, you’ll be able to improve the quality of air.

Proper Filtration: Many people forget to change their air filters, which results in dust and allergens being continually reintroduced into your home or office space. It’s recommended that you change your air filter every four to six weeks during the winter months and monthly in the summer.

Breath Easy With One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo

At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo, we want your home to be comfortable, and above all, safe. That’s why we provide a variety of products and services that keep your home cool, while improving your IAQ in the process. Call us today at (727) 245-0378 to learn more, or schedule an appointment online.