Do you have poor IAQ (indoor air quality)?
Here is a quick overview of the 3 main sources of poor IAQ, which may be the cause of those allergies!
Did you know that the quality of the air inside your home can be 10x worse than the air outside? That is because today’s building codes are geared towards energy-efficiency, which work to seal the house. This causes the house to “breathe” less, so you don’t have the flushing effect that takes place. Outside, the air is cleaned by the UV lights of the sun and the weather patterns, but inside your home, if the air is not released, it stays dirty. This dirty air is what causes poor indoor air quality. Altogether, there are three sources of poor IAQ and this is a bird’s eye, quick overview of each source. We will go into detail on each of these three sources at a later date.
The first source of poor IAQ are particles. There are hundreds of thousands of particles in only one square foot of air at any point in time. The types of particles that are found in the air include dust, dust mites, pet dander, fibers, fiberglass, pollen, smoke (which is actually both a particle and a gas), and more. Sensitivity and allergic reaction to these particles will vary person-to-person.
The second source of poor IAQ is a high concentration of gaseous odors. Examples of these include radon, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, sulfur, methane, and more. Individuals may also be sensitive to these gases, which causes them to be uncomfortable and provides them with poor indoor air quality.
The last source of poor indoor air quality is microbial spores, or mold spores. The mycotoxins that come out of the mold spores are very dangerous and may possibly cause death in some instances. Ensuring that your home is free from microbial spores is an integral part to ensuring that your home has good indoor air quality.
Stay tuned for more detail on each of these three sources and how to address them in your own home to have the best IAQ possible. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us today!