Why Indoor Air Quality Matters to Your Family
Today we spend more time indoors – at work, gyms, and our own homes – than we do outside. Recent health restrictions have only increased our time in conditioned spaces.
Stop and think: how clean is the air we breathe indoors?
A recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the air quality inside the average home is five times worse (full of dander, pollen, dust mites, and other irritants) than the air outside! Gold Medal offers whole-home comfort solutions such as installing the PureAirTM Air Purification System by Lennox, to keep your home and family healthy.
What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.
Common examples of indoor pollutants include pet dander and dust mites, chemical vapors and odors, or germs, bacteria or other living microorganisms.
Indoor air pollutants may cause serious health concerns, such as:
- Eye and skin irritations
- Allergic reactions
- Respiratory tract infections
The EPA – States that indoor air is one of the top five environmental health risks of our time and the levels of hazardous pollutants in indoor air have been found to be up to 60 times greater than outdoor air.
American College of Allergist & Asthma – States that 40% – 50% of all illnesses are caused by polluted indoor air.
The Center for Disease Control – Offers Guidelines for using equipment that we use on a regular basis to disinfect and clean the air.
Indoor Air Quality Services to Improve Your Home Air Quality
As well as installing the PureAirTM air purification system, our certified and licensed HVAC technicians are extensively trained to assess poor air quality and offer customized options to restore the health of your home and the quality of your air. Preventative maintenance is the first step in evaluating and controlling your indoor air quality.
Our Air Filters, Humidifier Installation & Other Solutions Can Help You Feel Better
- UV lamps: These dramatically destroy and reduce potentially harmful contaminants
- Humidifiers and dehumidifiers: These work with your HVAC system to keep moisture levels balanced throughout your home
- Air filtration: These capture even the smallest contaminants and keep them from recirculating back into the home’s air
- Air purification: Contaminants are removed and destroyed before air is recirculated in the home
Here are additional resources to identify, correct, and prevent IAQ problems:
- HVAC products and accessories for whole-home comfort
- Watch our Expert Advice Videos
- Read more expert tips and information on Indoor Air Quality
- Find Indoor Air Quality Testing and Services in Your Area
If you continue not feeling well, and have more dust and dirt in your home than you need, call us and make an appointment with one of our indoor air specialists. With our extensive training and experience, we can usually make recommendations with just an inspection of your home.
We also offer other HVAC services such as furnace repair, air conditioning installation, furnace replacement, and air conditioning repair. We use the latest tools to help determine the quality of your indoor air and can provide you with the products and services you need to improve your IAQ levels.
Let’s talk about the health of your air at home
Frequent coughing, increased allergy issues, or frequent bouts of illness are a first sign the air quality in your home needs help. Noticeable dust and dirt in your home is another sign you need an IAQ plan! No matter what your indoor air quality challenge, call now for an indoor air quality assessment by Gold Medal Service.
We also offer other HVAC services such as furnace repair, air conditioning installation, furnace replacement, and air conditioning repair. We use the latest tools to help determine the quality of your indoor air and can provide the insight, products, and services you need to improve your IAQ levels.
What Is Indoor Air Quality?
“Indoor air quality,” or IAQ, is a relatively new topic in environmental safety. While a lot of attention has been placed on outdoor pollution over the past few decades, the focus on indoor air quality is just beginning. The quality of a home’s air mainly has to do with the amount of pollutants inside, but it’s also determined by humidity and ventilation levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that concentrations of pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90% of their time indoors, so clean indoor air is very important.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
There are some basic strategies for outsmarting indoor air pollution:
The first step toward better indoor air is to identify the sources of air pollutants and remove as many as possible from your home. You can decrease the amount of dust and dirt in your home by cleaning and vacuuming at least once a week. You should also regularly wash bed linens and stuffed toys. If someone in your family is sensitive to fumes, you should safely store household products and use them only when necessary. If you need help determining if you have a problem with pollutants, contact your local Lennox dealer to evaluate your home and indoor comfort system.
Today’s modern homes are well-insulated and sealed to conserve energy, which means airborne pollutants have no way to escape. Healthy Climate® ventilation systems help remove allergy-aggravating particles and germs by exchanging stale, recirculated indoor air with fresh, filtered outside air.
Although cleaning and ventilating helps reduce indoor air pollutants, these simple fixes are not cure-alls. Some contaminants are so small that they may escape through the vacuum or never land on a surface. Healthy Climate® air cleaners and high-efficiency air filters capture even the smallest of particles and germs. Germicidal lights kill them. And a PureAir™ air purification system goes a step further; it removes particles, germs, and odors, and it destroys chemical vapors.
Improper humidity levels and high temperatures can actually increase concentrations of particles and germs. An icomfort Wi-Fi™ touchscreen thermostat or ComfortSense® programmable thermostat regulates moisture levels and temperatures to improve indoor air quality and enhance comfort.
What Are The Benefits of Clean Air?
Allergies and asthma are two health problems that can be helped with clean indoor air. When airborne irritants are removed, allergy and asthma sufferers often find relief from their symptoms. Even healthy people who have never suffered from allergies can benefit from clean air. Dust, smoke and other particles float around in the air, causing your drapes and furniture to gather dust. By removing airborne dust particles, you reduce the amount of exposure your respiratory system has to them.
Can Indoor Air Be Hazardous To My Health?
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can be the cause of numerous health problems. Medical groups report that as many as half of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution. Pollutants in your home’s air can cause dizziness, headaches, and nausea, plus aggravate allergies and asthma.
Clean indoor air benefits everyone, even people who have never suffered from allergies. By removing airborne dust particles from the air, the amount of exposure the respiratory system has to them is greatly reduced.
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