Having a fresh, clean air to breathe inside homes, offices, and other structures is vital to ensuring the comfort and well-being of people. However, it’s one of the things often neglected, even in commercial settings. Many don’t realize that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has adverse effects on their health. This can be caused by faulty air conditioning systems and improper ventilation, among other reasons.
Factors That Influence IAQ in Residential and Commercial Properties
In an effort to improve energy efficiency, most residential and commercial structures today are made to be airtight. However, airborne contaminants can build up inside buildings with nowhere to go, thus compromising IAQ. Here are some of the factors that impair indoor air:
Chemicals. Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from new paint, flooring, and other furnishings can cause several health problems, like nausea, fatigue, and allergies. Some cleaning products also contain harmful chemicals. To keep your property safe, choose non-toxic products.
Ventilation. Insufficient ventilation can trap the polluted air indoors, which can lead to bacteria, pollen, and dust buildup. It’s important to introduce fresh air into your building by opening your windows and doors as well as taking advantage of your exhaust fans.
Humidity Levels. Keeping humidity at an optimal level is key to clean air. Too much humidity can create a breeding ground for mold and dust mites, while lack of humidity can cause rashes, dry skin, and eye irritation.
HVAC Issues. Dust or dirt in ductwork and other components can pollute the cooled or heated air circulating in your home. Excessive moisture caused by leaks can also encourage mold and mildew growth, which can trigger health conditions. Avoid these problems by maintaining your HVAC system regularly.
McLay Services, Inc.: The Expert in Heating and Air Conditioning Installation
Apart from heating and air conditioning installation, McLay Services, Inc. also offers exceptional IAQ services. We can assess your property’s conditions and find the right products that will fit your comfort needs. We also offer state-of-the-art products from Carrier® to help purify indoor air, control humidity levels, and eliminate airborne microbial growth.