Poor indoor air quality got you spooked? Follow these tips to have your energy services back in shape quickly.
You count on your energy services to keep the temperatures comfortable indoors, but you probably seldom even think about the quality of the inside air. According to the EPA, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is typically 2-5 times worse than the air we breathe outdoors. Don’t let those statistics spook you. Here’s what you need to know.
Causes of Poor IAQ
Chemical products used in manufacturing many common home items - from TVs and electronics to paneling and mattresses – affect the air quality. Home cleaning products also contain chemicals. Pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mold, and secondary smoke all exist in the environment around us. Combined, they contribute to compromised air quality.
Effects of Poor IAQ
Poor IAQ can result in a wide variety of health issues. Some occur immediately, but others may not show up for months or even years. People with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or allergies, are particularly susceptible. Symptoms may increase or worsen depending on the airborne pollutants in your home.
Common reactions to poor IAQ are dry, scratchy throats, coughing and sneezing, red or watery eyes, congestion, and headaches. Some people also report dizziness, sleeplessness, rashes, and mental fatigue. Different people react in different ways.
Solutions to Poor IAQ
Fortunately, there are many ways to monitor and improve the air quality of your home or office.
- Open the windows. Allow some fresh air in from the outdoors. Good ventilation = improved air quality.
- Purchase an air quality monitor. These devices track and monitor air quality over time.
- Get an air purifier. This is one of the easiest ways to assure cleaner air to breathe.
Indoor air quality doesn’t have to be frightening. At G+S, we can help you monitor your home and provide solutions for your air quality needs. Call us today for an energy services audit at (704) 933-2256.