Breathing clean air is something that everyone should enjoy when indoors. The concept of IAQ – which stands for Indoor Air Quality – comes from the idea that we should be working to keep the air inside of our buildings as clean as possible. Whether it is a residential or commercial space, maintaining high air quality is a goal that everyone should have near the top of their HVAC list.
Let’s use this article to answer what is IAQ, explain how it works, and look at why it is so important for every building. If you feel like the air quality in your building is not living up to your expectations, reach out to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric to help with testing and the work needed to make improvements.
What is IAQ and The Compounding Factors
Perhaps the most important thing to understand about indoor air quality is that it can be affected by many types of pollutants. There is not one single measure that will tell you if your air is healthy or not, but the bigger picture can tell a story–by considering many different ways in which the air could be polluted. To do this, think about the air issues that are likely to be impacting your space and then test and make adjustments accordingly.
We can look at an example to see how this works in the real world:
Secondhand smoke is one type of pollutant that will dramatically reduce indoor air quality. Of course, that’s a factor that only needs to be considered when smoking takes place inside the building. If there is no smoking going on inside the space, there is no need to worry about secondhand smoke harming the indoor air quality.
Why IAQ is So Important
Simply put, low indoor air quality can have serious negative impacts on overall human health. Since the air inside of a building is largely contained and recirculated, people spending a lot of time in that space will breathe in the contaminated air over and over again, all day long – and all night long, in the case of a home.
The specific health risks that are associated with poor air quality will depend on the pollutants in place, but many possibilities are in play. On a basic level, things that impact daily quality of life like headaches and coughing are commonly associated with unclean air. It can get much more serious than those issues, however, with heart and lung complications, asthma problems, and cancer looming as other potential outcomes.
Other Possible Pollutants
We’ve already mentioned secondhand smoke as a possible source of air pollution inside a building, but those are far from the other issues that can make indoor air unhealthy. Some of the other possibilities include the following –
- Carbon monoxide. This is one of the most serious pollutants for any indoor space, as carbon monoxide can’t be seen or smelled, but it is deadly in sufficient quantities. A working CO detector is important to limit the risk of this gas.
- Asbestos. Once a commonly-used building material, high asbestos levels in the air inside of a building pose a serious health risk.
- Wood smoke. Burning wood inside – typically in a fireplace – can warm a space but can also bring down the air quality significantly. Proper ventilation practices are important to avoid the negative impacts of degraded air quality from this source.
Given the various potential negative impacts of poor IAQ, and the ease with which many problems related to poor air quality can be resolved, it would be a mistake not to take care of this right away.
Walker Uses Dynamic Air Quality Solutions
One of the most renowned and established brands in American heating and cooling products, Dynamic Air Quality Solutions, is represented by indoor air quality products at Walker Air Conditioning & Heating. Dynamic Air Cleaners instantly integrate into the existing filter tracks of your central heating and cooling system while offering the highest level of air cleaning through the use of electronic polarized-media technology. The smallest sub-micron particles, airborne diseases, and volatile chemical compounds can all be removed with Dynamic Air Cleaners (VOCs). Since the electronic polarized medium is non-ionizing, no ozone is created.
The team here at Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric is ready to serve you, so feel free to get in touch at your convenience to learn more. Thank you for stopping by!