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Here’s Why Your Indoor Air Quality is Worse Than You Think

woman-having-trouble-with-poor-iaqWe often think of our homes as a safe haven. However, what many homeowners don’t know is that the quality of the air inside their homes is actually a lot worse than they’d like to believe. There are a number of factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality, and below, we’ve outlined some of them for you.

All you have to do is keep reading below to find out more, and of course, remember to call our team when you need a Taylorsville HVAC company. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

So, Why Is Your Indoor Air Quality So Poor?

There are a number of things that contribute to poor indoor air quality including:

1. Pollutants

Indoor air pollutants are a big problem in many households, and a standard HVAC air filter is not nearly enough to prevent these pollutants from contaminating the air. HVAC filters are actually meant to protect your HVAC system rather than the air you breathe. Your air filter was designed solely to protect your HVAC system, so it really is not going to do much to change the quality of the air you breathe. Common household pollutants include:

  • Smoke from cooking, tobacco, and fireplaces
  • Aerosol sprays and cleaning products
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Organic compounds
  • Gases from paints and glues

How to Fix It: Installing an air filtration system or an air purifier is a great way to reduce the number of pollutants in the air. Air filtration systems and air purifiers are installed directly into your HVAC system to trap pollutants as they circulate throughout the system.

2. Humidity

The humidity levels in your home could also be contributing to poor indoor air quality. Relative humidity describes the percentage of moisture in the air. Typically, we feel most comfortable with a humidity level of about 40%-50%. Both low humidity and high humidity levels can negatively impact your indoor air quality, contributing to health issues and damaged furnishings.

How to Fix It: If you are suffering the effects of high humidity, installing a dehumidifier might be your best option. If your home has very dry air, installing a humidifier can reverse the issue. Both of these systems can be fully integrated into your existing HVAC system, treating the air that passes through.

3. Germs

The average household can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Often, we assume our homes are free of the germs and bacteria that are found in public places, but in actuality, the majority of the germs we are exposed to are found right inside our own homes.

How to Fix It: Installing a UV light purifier can eliminate the germs and bacteria that circulate in your air. This can be installed directly into your HVAC system so that all of the air passing through gets clean. The UV light kills small organic matter almost instantly as it passes by.

Are you ready to improve your indoor air quality? If so, all you have to do is contact the team at Canella Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. today to get started. 

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