- What are the factors that can affect the indoor air quality?
IAQ or the Indoor Air Quality is affected by humidity, poor ventilation, temperature and contaminants like mold spores, bacteria, chemicals, gases etc.
- How common are these air quality issues?
It came to our surprise that more than 90 percent of the tested homes in North America possesses at least one indoor air quality problem. And more than 80 percent of these affected homes have skyrocketing levels of pollen, dust or viruses. Besides this, more than 70 percent possessed potentially toxic chemicals or gases.
- How does the outdoor air quality impact the indoor air quality?
Outdoor air quality can normally be reduced by 90 percent because of the absorption and an adequately maintained ventilation filtration system. Hence, it is essential to service and clean your HVAC system on a regular basis for its efficient performance.
- Will the indoor air quality improve, if I clean my home on a regular basis?
Unluckily, that is not possible. Annually, a 1500 square foot house can accumulate a significant amount of dust of around 40 pounds, as a matter of fact. Even if you immaculately clean your house regularly, you cannot get rid of all the pollutants in your house. And, certainly there are many of those pollutants and allergens that can’t be simply gotten rid of just by mere cleaning by a hand.
- How serious can indoor air quality get?
Airborne viruses, bacteria, pet dander, and pollen can affect anyone who has a breathing problem especially those with asthma. Besides, if your home utilizes oil or natural gas, ensure that you install carbon monoxide detectors to monitor the toxic levels in your home. More significant impact can be found in cleaning and other products that can lead to eye and throat irritation, dizziness, headaches and many other respiratory issues. Beside this, you should also have your home inspected at least once in a year to detect any levels of radon as its long term exposure can lead to lung cancer.
- What about the moisture in your home?
As aforementioned, mold is one of the major causes that can impact the indoor air quality especially in Houston, which can turn humid at times. Excess levels to moisture can cause growth of mold which makes the air less breathable. Long term exposure to this can cause brain or lung damage and sometimes even cancer. Poor ventilation can lead to compounding the issues as proper air circulation is mandatory to get rid of the moisture in the air. If you feel stuffy or condensation on the walls and windows of your home, it is because of the ventilation issue in your home. You should get in touch with your air conditioning repair professional to address this issue.
- Is it a good practice to ventilate your home naturally?
Natural ventilation is considered a good practice during the fall and spring time when the humidity levels are quite low in Houston. If the humidity is more than 70 percent, it is not a good idea to let your windows be open as it can lead to the growth of the mold in the areas where there is not much of the ventilation present, like your closets etc.