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The Rundown on Indoor Air Quality

What’s IAQ? Since the development of covid-19, you may have heard more about indoor air quality or IAQ products, but aren’t exactly sure what indoor air quality is all about. We’re here to help! We’ll identify common indoor air quality problems and review all the different types or products available to solve those problems.

What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?

According to the EPA, “Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.” Indoor air pollutants can cause immediate and long-term effects. It’s important to identify and prevent indoor air pollutants early to lessen the chances of negative health effects to you and your family.

Solutions for Common IAQ Problems

We’ve listed common problems that our clients experience and have broken down which indoor air quality products work to solve those problems.

IAQ Products

Want to learn more about the specific benefits of each indoor air quality product? We thought you might! 🙂

Filter

Furnace filters are the first line of defense. Filters reduce the amount of dust and other allergens that circulate throughout your home. It’s best to start here. Checking and changing your filter regularly can make a world of difference!

Duct Sanitation

Duct “fogging” is a way to sanitize ductwork and can kill up to 99.99% of germs. Plant based options are available for a more natural purification.

Dehumidifier

Ever gone down in your basement and immediately get hit with a musty smell? A dehumidifier helps maintain humidity levels by regulating the air in every room. A dehumidifier also controls the growth of mold and mildew and keeps the air fresh even where moisture tends to linger.

Humidifier

If you live in Chicago, you know how cold and dry winters can get. Humidifiers help combat dryness by adding moisture to the air. They also reduce allergens and static electricity.

Ionizer

An Ionizer breaks down harmful molecules, getting rid of their toxins and preventing reproduction. Ionizers help remove airborne allergens, destroy mold, bacteria and viruses, and disinfects AC coils.

Probiotics

These aren’t the same kind of probiotics that you find in your yogurt or kombucha, however they have similar health benefits. Probiotics are a natural, whole home purifier that help eliminate airborne pathogens, irritants and refresh the air.

UV Light

UV lights ensure your hvac system stays clean by eliminating mold, mildew and bacteria, which are prone to developing in your system. Without a UV light, these harmful pollutants can travel through your ductwork and circulate throughout your home. Those with allergies and asthma can benefit from this IAQ product.

Ventilator

You breath in about 2,900 gallons or air per day! If you’re inside all day, you could be breathing in 2,900 gallons of recycled, polluted, and stale air. Thats where ventilators come in play. They bring in fresh air from outside to help circulate out odors, smoke, dust, airborne bacteria, carbon dioxide, and other gases, while replenishing oxygen into your home.

Testing Your Air Quality

Some people aren’t sure if air quality testing is something they want to do. Here are just a few of the reasons why many of our clients do choose to have us perform this service. 

  • Peace of mind. Whether you find out that your air is clean or you mitigate to get it that way, you’ll end up knowing for sure that you aren’t breathing in anything that might harm you.
  • Solve allergy and asthma problems. If you are sicker at home than you are anywhere else, testing your indoor air quality can get you feeling better. 
  • Remove hidden hazards you may not know are present.

Learn more about testing your indoor air here.

We hope this blog helped you get a better understanding of indoor air quality and the differences between the available products to combat common problems effecting the quality of your home’s indoor air.

If you’re looking for more information about the specific IAQ products we use and how we test your air quality, give us a call today at 847.630.9562.

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