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Indoor Air Quality 101

There are few things more important than the air we breathe. Many people don’t realize that despite all the cleaning we do around our houses, the air itself can be just as dirty and in need of purification. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is important for preventing the spread of disease and allergens, keeping homeowners healthy and promoting comfort.

We at Southern Air have worked to bolster Louisiana indoor air quality for every household. Our air purification services are designed to protect your home from the dangers of poor IAQ. By better understanding the importance of IAQ, you can learn how to keep your space safe, healthy and productive.

The Signs Of Unclean Air

Poor IAQ can come from a number of sources, both inside and outside. Aside from allergens, contaminated air can emerge from pesticides, gas, burning wood, oil, kerosene and coal. Household cleaning products and other chemicals can pollute your air while inside. HVAC systems won’t be able to fulfill their roles if poorly maintained and will allow your air to become contaminated as well.

The best way to recognize signs of bad IAQ early is to remain vigilant and practice regular maintenance around your home. With that being said, you may take notice through other means. Here are some of the most common signals of unclean air:

  • Worsened allergy symptoms, such as sneezing or watery eyes, suggest that allergens are being allowed into your home.
  • Respiratory problems can also be worsened by poor IAQ.
  • Unpleasant odors caused by mold or mildew might appear.
  • Excessive condensation on windows, walls or elsewhere suggests high humidity levels.
  • Increased dust accumulation can indicate poor air filtration.

When it comes to air quality, recognizing problems before they become extreme will save you time, money and most importantly, your own health. Scheduling a maintenance visit with Southern Air is an easy and reliable way to make sure your home’s filtration is kept in top shape.

The Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants

Some pollutants of your IAQ are more common than others. While a few are easy to guess, a lot of harm can be done to your air quality by seemingly harmless things. A few of the most common pollutants are:

  • Pollen
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Mold and mildew
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pet dander

Making note of these airborne threats is a good step towards protecting yourself from them. If you’re ready to improve the quality of your indoor air, reach out to our team!

Allergies And Air Quality

People with seasonal allergies are especially vulnerable to the effects of poor IAQ. When your HVAC system is not working as it should, you won’t be protected from the spread of allergens outside or inside.

Poor filtration causes allergens like pollen to enter your home and remain inside, worsening allergy symptoms. A humid household will also encourage dust mites and mold to spread.

All manner of dust, bacteria and other contaminants will have free reign over your home. Only by maintaining a working HVAC system can you stand strong against this army of pollutants.

How To Prevent Bad IAQ

The good news is that there are many things you as a homeowner can do to improve IAQ. Many of them you can do on your own! Through some investment and regular maintenance, you can actively promote better IAQ around your house.

Change Your AC Filters

Many problems with poor IAQ could be solved by simply cleaning your home’s air conditioning system. You should regularly check your AC filters and clean or replace them as needed. This is important because these filters collect air pollutants from your home’s air. When neglected, they will start working against you.

It’s best to change your AC filters every one to three months. During months of high usage, you should do so more often, as the filters will get dirty much faster.

Clean Around Your Home

Debris such as dust and pet dander will inevitably work its way into your breathable air. By consistently cleaning your rugs and carpets, you can lower the amount of contaminants. Anywhere in your home with a buildup of debris is a risk to your IAQ. It’s best to clean as much as you can, as often as you can.

Regulate Your Humidity

If your indoor humidity gets too high, dust mites and mold will start appearing in greater numbers. Maintaining your AC system is a good first step to help regulate your indoor air. Installing a dehumidifier is another smart investment to keep your house’s humidity at a reasonable level. The ideal indoor humidity level is between 30% and 50%, so maintaining a good equilibrium is best for your air quality.

Louisiana Air Quality Services You Can Rely On

With how hot and humid it can get here in Louisiana, clean air is more than just a benefit. You deserve a team of HVAC professionals who know that proper IAQ is about your health and well-being as much as your comfort. Southern Air’s experts meet the highest standards in our industry, so you know that you can trust us to get the job done. Contact us today to give yourself a breath of fresh air!

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