The Effect of Indoor Air Quality on General Health and Wellness
August is National Wellness Month, and there is no subject in HVAC better suited to the discussion of wellness than IAQ or indoor air quality. Indoor air pollutants can be much more problematic than outdoor air pollutants because of the levels of concentration.
Such pollutants can include but are not limited to the following: allergens, mold, microbes, dust, volatile organic compounds(VOCs), cleaners, and air fresheners. This article will discuss the health effects of these problematic particulates and the best ways to improve and maintain a home’s indoor air quality.
How Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Affect Health?
Poor IAQ can have both short-term and long-term health effects. Brief exposure can cause temporary issues, while prolonged or repeated exposure can be life-altering and potentially life-threatening. Health effects of poor indoor air quality include:
Short-Term Health Effects:
- Shortness of Breath
Long-Term Health Effects:
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disease
Maintenance and Air Filters
One of the simplest ways to help improve a home’s indoor air quality is to ensure the HVAC system has a clean air filter and schedule regular maintenance from an expert. Routine maintenance visits from a professional technician and changing the air filter at least every three months can improve the indoor air quality and make a home’s whole system more efficient and money-saving. This can improve the quality of life in the house in more ways than one.
The Value of Portable Air Cleaners
About the size of a box fan and often much quieter, a portable air cleaner can be a great addition to a home that may tend to have indoor air quality issues. There are two main types of air cleaners: air purifiers and air sanitizers. Both of these products do a particular cleaning job. Here is a breakdown of the differences between these two appliances:
Air Purifiers: Air purifiers act as filters to clean particulate matter out of the air. These are excellent for reducing allergens and similar pollutants. They are a perfect addition to households that suffer from lung problems or allergies. Most purifiers use HEPA filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter) and can remove most of the following from the air:
Air Sanitizers: These appliances are meant to prevent the growth of microbes and other germs. Air sanitizers most often use UV light to destroy harmful unicellular organisms and are excellent for hospitals, nursing homes, or households with immune system deficiency. Air sanitizers destroy:
- Mold (in the air only)
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