The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Justin Olanga
Created by Justin Olanga
On Feb 8, 2019
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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

While it isn’t something that many of us think about in our day to day lives, checking out our home’s indoor air quality is crucial. Like routine maintenance for our heating and cooling system and cleaning our home’s duct system, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep the air in our family home safe and free of contaminants. It is important to understand what causes poor indoor air quality and how to remedy the situation.

There are two primary sources that cause indoor air problems. For some families, you may never notice if your home is having indoor air quality issues. However, for those with allergies, asthma, or sensitivities, these sources contaminating your home’s air. Pollutant sources include combustion sources such as gas, wood, or tobacco, building materials, personal care or air freshener products, and even outdoor sources such as pesticides that make their way into your home. If your home does not have proper ventilation, it is difficult for these suffocating smells to be filtered out.

It is possible for outdoor air to enter your home. This happens through infiltration, natural ventilation, or mechanical ventilation. Air is also able to move into your home through windows, doors, even drafty walls, floors, and the ceiling. Even if you live in an apartment, you can have issues with poor indoor air quality, poor quality air coming in from the outdoors, and pollution sources. Especially with those living in an apartment without windows, pay close attention to your home’s air quality.

When you check your home's air quality and find it is not everything it should be, it is important that you first identify the air quality problems in your home. If your home has recently been treated with pesticides, if you’ve just moved into your home or completed a remodeling project, you may want to test your home’s air quality. Professionals will be able to measure the pollutant levels in your home and fully understand the problem. There are three basic strategies for improving your home’s air quality: source control, air cleaners, and changes in ventilation.

If you are concerned about your home’s air quality, call a professional Tulsa HVAC technician to help. It is best to have a professional company inspect your home, test the indoor air quality, and decided which steps should be taken after inspection. Even if your concerns are small, it is never a bad idea to get your indoor air quality checked.