Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an essential aspect of being a homeowner. As a homeowner, you must be aware of indoor air quality and how it can affect you and your family. Our team at Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing wants to ensure you are well equipped to tackle any IAQ problems you may encounter.
Throughout this blog, we want to teach you what indoor air quality is, why you should care, and the top indoor air pollutants. We also want to advise you on ensuring your IAQ is the best.
What is Indoor Air Quality?
The air quality inside your home directly affects our health and well-being. IAQ is so important in our everyday lives since we tend to spend most of our time inside a building. Poor indoor air quality can cause many health issues such as respiratory and minor allergies.
Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants
We want to inform Houston homeowners of the top air pollutants through this section. Knowing what air pollutants to watch out for can better equip your home to breathe clean air.
Biological pollutants include bacteria, viruses, animal dander, house dust, mites, cockroaches, and pollen. Some thrive in moist environments. A way to reduce these pollutants in your home is by staying aware of humidity levels.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless toxic gas. CO can kill you before you even realize it is in your home. Because this gas is impossible to see, taste, or smell, it is so vital for the safety of your home to invest in a quality carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide can be from:
- Leaking chimneys and furnaces
- Gas stoves
- Generators and other gasoline-powered equipment
- Automobile exhaust from attached garages
- Tobacco smoke
If you suspect you have carbon monoxide in your home, you must evacuate immediately and call 911. Once you are safe and secure, you can give our team a call to schedule a service to help your CO levels.
Pesticides are chemicals used to control or kill pests. Pesticides are toxic and cause tons of health issues for those exposed to large amounts of pesticides. Products used to kill household pests, and products used on lawns and gardens can contain pesticides.
Exposure to pesticides can cause damage to the central nervous system and kidney and can increase your risk of cancer.
Ways to Protect Your Home
Our recommendation for all homeowners is to check air filters frequently. Air filters usually need to be changed every 30 days. If you have pets in your home or open your windows, you may need to change your air filters more often.
Checking your AC filters is crucial in protecting your home against air pollutants.
Contact Air Tech of Houston AC & Plumbing
Ensuring your home is breathing clean air is so important to us. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, give us a call today!
We want to ensure all our Houstonians are equipped to keep their home as safe as possible.