4 Factors That Affect Indoor Air Quality

Keeping your indoor air clean and fresh is vital for maintaining your family’s long-term health. While proper ventilation and air circulation throughout your Adel, Georgia, home can help, you still need to watch out for various air pollutants. Let’s consider the top four factors that can adversely affect the quality of your indoor air.

Excess Dust

Firstly, there’s no getting away from dust completely. But installing an air purifier can reduce its levels in your home as well as get rid of dust mites and other pathogens. As a result, it can help to prevent respiratory troubles and dust-related allergies.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are air pollutants that, in large concentrations, can cause dizziness, respiratory problems, memory loss and even cancer. Common VOCs like acetone, benzene and formaldehyde emerge from household cleaning products, furniture, wood preservatives, paints, solvents, fragrances, and fuels like kerosene and coal. To reduce their toxic impact:

  • Air out new furniture in direct sunlight for a few hours before use.
  • Select organic home cleaners.
  • Store paints, solvents and preservatives outside your home.

Extreme Temperatures

If the indoor temperature is too high or too low, expect health issues. Generally, keeping the temperature between 73 and 79 degrees in summer and 68 and 76 degrees in winter can offer you optimum comfort. Decide if you want a central air system to maintain the same temperature throughout the house or ductless units to customize the temperature in different rooms as per your requirement. While the central system inflates your energy bills, the portable units are more cost-effective.

Low or High Humidity

Humidity is another inescapable factor that arises indoors from air moisture, water leaks and water seepage. You will suffer from various respiratory problems if the humidity level exceeds 50 percent. Humidity less than 30 percent will invite eye, throat and skin problems. The optimum for your family’s comfort is between 30-50 percent. Use humidifiers and dehumidifiers to increase and decrease moisture levels.

If an issue arises with your indoor air quality, call Waller Heating & Air Conditioning at (229) 375-5040. We’ll be right over to fix the problem safely and efficiently.

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