What Is Indoor Air Quality and How Can I Improve Mine?

Understanding & Improving Air Quality

It’s nearly summertime in Minnesota, bringing sunshine, blooming flowers, and persistent humidity that Midwesterners are all too familiar with. Summer months also bring different air pollutants to combat so you can keep your home environment healthy. Did you know that indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air?

Indoor air quality, or IAQ, is the condition of the air in and around buildings and structures that affects the comfort and health of occupants.

One of the quickest and most effective means of improving your indoor air quality is to find the main sources of pollution and either eliminate or regulate them. You can hire professionals to contain and remove hazardous sources such as asbestos, where permanent items (i.e., gas stoves) may benefit from an adjustment to reduce emissions.

Poor IAQ can negatively affect many aspects of your life, which lends to the importance of proper air quality to live comfortably. Finding and controlling the source is your first step towards confidently sustaining a healthy environment for your loved ones.

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Ventilation

Improving air quality with proper ventilation controls indoor humidity levels and airborne pollutants. There are two types of ventilation you can use to reduce or avoid health risks: spot ventilation and dilution ventilation.

Spot ventilation involves installing exhaust fans to remove humidity from a single room, such as a bathroom or kitchen.

Dilution ventilation controls contaminants by forcing clean air to dilute polluted air in an entire home rather than a single room, exhausting the polluted air outdoors.

Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers

Maintaining the proper humidity level in your home (30-50%), allows humidity to deactivate virus particles more quickly, preventing the spread of airborne illness. Many people opt to balance their environment with humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

Humidifiers add moisture to the air, helping to soothe dry skin and calm irritants.

Dehumidifiers pull humid air over cold coils, turning humidity into water and removing excess moisture from the air.

Filtration

As an advanced measure that extends the lifespan of your HVAC system, air purifiers and guards take your indoor air circulation to the next level:

MicroPower® Guards replace traditional air filters with a solution that’s significantly more powerful, controlling dirt, dust, pollen, humidity, and temperature control.

OxyQuantum® LED UV Germicidal Air Purifiers work in conjunction with your HVAC system to control germs, bacteria, viruses, toxic gasses and odors and help maintain adequate humidity and temperature levels. . UV lights are a popular choice for reducing infection and the spread of disease. Essentially, when a contaminant receives exposure to UV light, it becomes damaged and can no longer reproduce. Because UV light is active and can be damaging to skin and eyes, it’s important to have professionals install and preserve highly effective UV air purification methods.

Duct Cleaning

Air ducts help to keep the temperature consistent throughout your home by circulating the air from your HVAC system to each room. Throughout the day, the air you breathe flows through the ducts, pointing to the importance of cleaning those ducts so you don’t breathe unseen contaminants. Keeping up with proper duct cleaning improves airflow, creating a cleaner living environment with no foul odors or dust buildup polluting your home.

We believe you should love the air you breathe – give our team a call today at or contact us online to find your IAQ solution.