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Indoor Air Quality: A Homeowner's Guide

Last updated 5 years ago

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is often an overlooked issue; unfortunately, it remains an issue that can greatly affect your health and the health of your family. By learning about the adverse health effects of poor indoor air quality and performing the right maintenance on your heating and air conditioning system, you can enjoy a healthier home life and a more energy-efficient HVAC system.

Indoor air quality is a measurement of the concentration of pollutants inside the air of your home. According to the EPA, indoor air can be seven times more polluted than outdoor air. In the push for energy efficiency, home sealing has become more thorough and ventilation is not as much of a priority. This allows pollutants to be generated and trapped within your HVAC system only to be circulated throughout your home and become embedded in your furnishings, carpeting, and more.

High levels of biological, chemical, and other inorganic pollutants affect your indoor air quality. These pollutants can cause allergy-like symptoms, a feeling of general malaise, and more serious health effects over long-term exposure. Poor indoor air quality also affects your HVAC system and your energy efficiency. When your air filter becomes dirty and clogged, your HVAC system is forced to work harder to distribute conditioned air throughout your home. Between poor indoor air quality and lower energy efficiency, it’s clear why HVAC maintenance and repair needs to be one of your top priorities.

One of the most important things people can do to improve the air quality inside their homes is to choose high-efficiency air filters and change them on a regular basis. High-efficiency filters are designed to capture smaller particles like mold spores that other types of filters miss. These high-efficiency filters also offer a greater degree of protection for your HVAC equipment and help improve energy efficiency as well.

Consult your heating and air conditioning contractor to learn more about what you can do to improve the air quality inside your home. Aladdin Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. can help you find the right filter and advise you on how often it needs to be changed. Give us a call at (805) 273-4320 to learn more about preserving the indoor air quality of your Simi Valley home with filters, air cleaners, and more.

 

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