Many factors impact your home’s indoor air quality. Some of these are within your control, while others are not. By understanding what affects your home’s indoor air quality, you can take steps to improve it. This brief overview will discuss the different factors that can impact your home’s air quality and how you can address them.
Importance of Indoor Air Quality
Your indoor air quality is important for many reasons. The air you breathe inside your home can impact your health in both the short and long term. In the short term, poor air quality can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and fatigue. Long-term exposure can contribute to more serious health problems like heart disease or even lung cancer.
Poor indoor air quality can create damage to your home itself. Dust, mold, and other pollutants can damage your home’s HVAC system and lead to expensive repairs. Additionally, they can cause problems with your home’s electronics, furniture, and other belongings.
How Do I Know Air Quality Is Bad?
There are several noticeable signs of poor air quality. Obviously, there is an increased presence of dirt and debris in your home. You may also notice that your furniture and electronics are accumulating dust more quickly than usual. Another sign of poor air quality is an increase in the number of respiratory illnesses you and your family members are experiencing.
Improving air quality isn’t as hard as you think. Some of these steps are easy to do, while others may require the assistance of a professional. For example, regularly replacing HVAC filters and using an air purifier can help remove dust and other particles from your home.
Additional steps you may want to take include cleaning frequently used surfaces, such as countertops and floors, using mold-resistant paint in damp areas of your home, and ensuring proper ventilation. Call an HVAC professional annually for a system inspection as well.
Factors That Contribute to Poor Air Quality
Several factors affect air quality in your home, such as:
- Home size
- Presence of pets or smokers
Climate can also affect air quality. Excess humidity and high temperatures can contribute to air quality problems in some cases.
Contact Knight’s Mechanical for an Estimate
If you suspect problems with the air quality in your home, our team provides professional HVAC repair or replacements to improve the air that you breathe and keep your home comfortable for you and your family. We also provide seasonal maintenance to keep your HVAC systems operating at peak performance.