What is IAQ?
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- Published: Saturday, 08 April 2017 13:17
Did you know that the air you breathe inside can be up to 4 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air? Indoor air quality (IAQ) needs to be a concern of every household in the U.S due to how many health risks are associated with breathing in polluted air.
Just because you can’t see it, the air inside your home can be contaminated with particles of dust, smoke, mildew, lint, fungus, cooking grease, and harmful bacteria. These particles can commonly trigger asthma attacks or allergic reactions. Indoor air contaminates are responsible for or aggravate many common illnesses in our country.
The best way to improve the air quality inside your home is managing the common ways pollutants build up inside. The average 6 room home collects 40 pounds of dust per year, making it a necessity to control the amount of dust as well as preventing dust mites from crawling around in your pillows, blankets, and bed sheets. Therefore, always include dusting in your list of household chores. New studies show that the installation of Trane CleanEffects™ reduces dust accumulation in your home by more than 50%.
Eliminating mold sources can stop the spread of harmful air pollutants inside your home. Regular cleaning will stop mold from accumulating inside your bathroom. Also, try keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible to reduce the amount of outdoor air pollutants and moisture from building up inside the house. Always stay on top of other potential triggers, like fixing leaky pipes, to ensure your home is mold free.
Although a family’s best friend, household pet’s dander and allergens will spread all over the house if not managed properly. Try to keep pets off the furniture to avoid allergens sticking to your clothes. Brush pets on a weekly or even daily basis to prevent pet allergens from floating and negatively affecting your home’s IAQ. People with asthma or who are allergic to pets will be especially impacted if pets aren’t properly managed inside the home.
Did you know that we breathe in 15,000 quarts of air each day? Precautions such as never smoking inside the house will improve IAQ. There are currently far too many cases of certain diseases, asthma attacks, and allergy attacks caused from indoor air pollution. Exposure to indoor air pollutants can have short-term effects such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, but constant exposure can lead to asthma or other illnesses. Over 20 million people have asthma in the U.S, which in many cases has resulted from constant exposure to indoor air pollutants.
Children inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults, causing 1 in 13 school-age children to battle with asthma. To keep houses safe from pollutants, having a whole house air cleaner such as Trane CleanEffects™ can remove up to 99.98% of particles and allergens from the filtered air. Many of our customers also rely on our Trane home humidifiers that help in dry air conditions and asthma or allergy concerns. Looking for total home comfort? We can help.
Far too many Americans are unaware they are exposing themselves to harmful air pollutants every single day. Viviano is here to help protect you from harmful pollutants and answer your questions on how to keep your IAQ safe at all times. Our selection of indoor air products, filters, and humidifiers will let you rest easy knowing you aren’t breathing in allergens and harmful particles while at home.
Call us today at (618) 345-7498 if you are having problems with your HVAC system or have any questions about improving your home’s IAQ. For more information, visit www.vivianoair.com. We've been serving communities in the Metro-east for over 25 years and your home comfort is our number one concern. Give us a call today.