According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures as it relates to the health and comfort of its occupants. Indoor air quality can be affected by temperature, humidity, ventilation, and chemical or biological contaminants found within the building. Indoor air quality solutions can help address these issues head-on.
And of course, the experts at Aire Serv have indoor air quality solutions you can rely on. Schedule an appointment today!
Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?
The air we breathe, both indoors and out, has a direct impact on our health. Indoor air pollution can sometimes cause unpleasant odors, but it goes completely unnoticed in many instances. Mildew and black mold are common symptoms of a musty odor. In addition, poor air quality allows spores to circulate and lower the air quality. Indoor air quality systems help keep these pollutants at bay and improve the air you breathe.
Many homeowners make black mold vs. mildew comparisons to determine their risks, and research shows that mildew is not nearly as invasive or troublesome. Mildew is a surface fungus, which a scrubbing brush will eliminate. Mold is an entirely different story.
Common causes of black mold, especially mold in bathrooms, include lingering moisture from improper ventilation, leaky toilets and sinks, and damp, porous materials like rugs and drywall. Mold infestations require professional removal and cleaning, but if you maintain good air quality with proper HVAC maintenance, you can significantly reduce the chances of a mold infestation.
Black mold and mildew grow in porous, organic material and thrive in humid conditions, like a bathroom. Mold and mildew can cause respiratory problems, but the CDC says mold is more likely to cause cold-like symptoms or more serious issues like shortness of breath and lung infections. Proper and regular air conditioner maintenance and repair can reduce the chance of mold developing.
Indoor air pollution can also cause serious health issues, including:
- Sore eyes
- Burning nose
- Worsening allergies
- Respiratory issues
- Flu-like symptoms
- Heart disease
- Other serious, long-term conditions
- Death, when carbon monoxide or other pollutants are present in high concentrations.
The good news? You don’t have to leave the quality of the air you breathe up to chance. Instead, contact your local Aire Serv for indoor air quality services.
What’s Included in Indoor Air Quality Services
Indoor air quality services can shed light on the unique irritants present in your home. When you hire an Aire Serv expert to perform air quality tests, you can count on us to conduct a thorough evaluation and provide guidance on steps required to meet EPA indoor air quality standards.
This may include everything from changing your air filters to regulating humidity and installing air purifiers or cleaners. Upon completing these air improvement tasks, your service professional will return to retest the indoor air quality to measure effectiveness.
Why Aire Serv for Indoor Air Quality Services
Professional indoor air quality services can go a long way to improve your standard of living, especially if you struggle with allergies. The young, the elderly, and those struggling with chronic health conditions can also benefit from indoor air quality solutions. Give your loved ones or colleagues the cleanest indoor air possible.
Aire Serv professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means there is never a bad time to have our team perform an air quality test and offer solutions to improve your indoor air quality.
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The EPA says the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors. Spending this much time inside can be problematic if the indoor air isn’t healthy. In fact, the number of indoor air pollutants can be as much as two to five times higher than outdoor air pollutants.
If you’re eager to reduce the number of irritants in the air you breathe while improving the quality of life for everyone in your space, give your local Aire Serv team a call today. Our professionals provide indoor air quality services and transparent prices.
Frequently Asked Questions About IAQ Services
Still, have questions about our IAQ services? This helpful FAQ section can further clarify what to expect.
Why is air quality important?
We’re often asked the question: why is air quality important? The reality is that most people don’t give their air quality a second thought until it starts to cause problems. If you’re noticing symptoms like sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and worsening allergies, you may indeed have air quality issues. By improving ventilation and reducing the number of contaminants in your space, you and your family will all breathe a little easier.
What are the most common causes of IAQ problems?
A lack of ventilation is the most common culprit behind IAQ issues. When air can’t circulate properly, allergens, dust, and debris are bound to build up within your space. Indoor pollution only exacerbates the issue. Tobacco products, fuel-combustion appliances, newly installed carpet or upholstery, and excess moisture can all contribute to air quality issues. Thankfully, indoor air quality systems can help keep these challenges at bay.
How can I tell if there is an IAQ problem in my place?
If you’re concerned about IAQ issues in your home or workplace, consider your comfort level. Do you smell odd odors? Does the air feel hot or humid? Are you sneezing a lot or struggling to breathe as freely as you’d like? The answers to these questions can shed light on whether or not you should call an indoor air quality service for assistance.
How can I find an indoor air quality system that’s right for my home?
Before committing to an indoor air quality system, it’s a good idea to assess your space for current challenges. An IAQ monitor can provide you with feedback on what potential allergens and debris may be lurking just out of sight. After evaluating this feedback—and any health symptoms you may have noticed—you may want to invest in an air purifier. If these steps don’t lead to meaningful results, it may be time to get in touch with Aire Serv. Our professionals can identify air quality issues and troubleshoot them with expert strategies and tools.
How can I improve the air quality in my home?
Learning how to improve air quality in the home is easier than you might expect. Start by opening up windows on occasion. Fresh air can greatly improve air quality. You may also want to invest in an air purifier to help remove contaminants from the air when windows are closed. Avoid smoking indoors, use cooking vents, and be sure to change out your HVAC air filters regularly. You can also add certain houseplants to your space to help freshen the air.