Why is IAQ important?
Today, we spend more time indoors than ever, yet the air quality in our homes is often overlooked. The air we breathe directly affects our short-term and long-term health. We don’t have immediate control over the outdoor air quality. However, we can take control of our homes and measurably improve indoor air quality. Below are factors that contribute to IAQ and our health.
The sources of poor IAQ
Our IAQ is a result of outdoor air quality and other indoor factors. From the outdoors, we have pollutants such as:
From the indoors, we have factors such as:
Candles and fragrances
Construction of the home
What to do about poor IAQ?
There are a few things you can do to improve the IAQ of your home. First, we recommend purchasing an IAQ monitor. An IAQ monitor will tell you the real-time air quality levels in your home. Once you know what type of pollutants you have in your home, you can tackle them as needed. Some of the most effective methods are:
It is important to note that each method has its pros and cons and can work independently of each other or hand in hand.