What is Indoor Air Quality & Why is it Important?

Mar 25, 2022 | Dehumidifier, Air Filter, Blog, Hilliard, Ohio, Humidifier, IAQ, Indoor Air Quality, OH, Ohio, Thermostat

Did you know that the quality of air in a home is often up to five times higher in pollution than the air outside of a house? This is why IAQ or indoor air quality is a relevant topic in the HVAC industry. Indoor air quality can produce side effects that result in both short-term and long-term health issues. So paying attention to potential pollutant sources and what may be irritating you or an individual in your home is quite important. As a family-owned company that holds our customers in the highest regard, Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air is here to help you walk through identifying pollutants risks and work toward improving the indoor air quality in your home as needed.

What Are Pollutant Sources?

In order to remove the irritant from your home, first, you have to identify the source of the potential pollutant. Forms of pollutants can include but are not only limited to the following: fuel-burning combustion appliances, building materials such as asbestos, tobacco products, some harmful household cleaners, certain toxic indoor plants, and excessive moisture in the air. It is important to remember that preexisting medical conditions and age are factors that play a part in causing an individual to have adverse reactions to irritants or pollutants. In addition, keep in mind that it does not only take a one-time exposure to cause an individual to react. It may take up to several continuous exposures before you notice any side effects.

How Do Humidifiers Help?

Dry air naturally happens during winter, resulting in uncomfortable side effects like dry eyes and dry skin. It also dries out the nasal passages, which can lead to bloody noses issues. People with asthma are also prone to experiencing a chronic cough if the air is too dry for them. When a level of humidity in a home is sufficiently balanced between 30% – 50%, the body can maintain a healthy moisture level keeping these uncomfortable symptoms at bay. If you encounter dry air in your home, then a humidifier is the ideal solution to raising your home’s humidity levels again.

How Do Dehumidifiers Help?

Excessive moisture is a form of pollution in your homes’ IAQ. A dehumidifier will help to significantly decrease the amount of moisture in your home that supports mold, mildew, and allergen growth. The great thing about utilizing a dehumidifier is that it will get the quality of air back to a healthy level. On top of that, it can also help eradicate any musty smells in the air.

How Does the iWave-R Help?

If you want to neutralize airborne toxins and viruses at the core, then a whole home purification system might be the answer for you. If so, consider the iWave-R. With patented technology, this system recreates nature’s way of air purification through positive and negative ions. Our NATE-certified technicians highly recommend this system. Please, feel free to call us if you would like more information on the iWave-R.

How Do UV Lights Help?

Circulated airflow is essential when it comes to indoor air quality. Air filters in the HVAC system trap floating dust particles and prevent them from circulating throughout the house. However, an air filter can only filter so much. Therefore adding a UV light to your HVAC system is an excellent way to improve IAQ and guarantee optimal airflow. UV lights do their job by zapping the bacteria before they can be released and circulated in the open air. The average person is said to spend about 90% of their time in the comfort of their home. So this can be a huge advantage to the homebody or an individual that suffers from allergies.

These are just a few air quality components that can prove helpful on your journey to boost the air quality in your home. Depending on the season and structure of your home, the air quality issue you may be facing can vary. If you have any questions regarding your home IAQ contact your local service professionals at Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air today. We feel privileged at the thought of assisting you as you work toward bettering the IAQ in your home for you and your family. Call (614) 490-7520, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!