Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the cleanliness of the air within and around your home, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of your family. Understanding how common indoor pollutants work and what you can do to manage them can help reduce your family's risk of indoor health concerns such as respiratory tract symptoms that are allergic reactions to airborne allergens.
Advance home filtration systems call also help prevent the spread of disease (i.e. the common cold). Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
About Indoor Air Quality
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an innovative concept, and if you live in a city like Chino Hills, Corona, Yorba Linda, and Rancho Santa Margarita, it is also a growing concern. Homes in the cities listed above were built within the last 40 years and are often called “tight homes.”
This is because they were built to conserve energy by keeping cold air out in the winter and hot air out in the summer, creating the notion that these homes are “airtight” or “tight homes.” That innovative weather-tight efficiency, however, gave birth to an entirely new problem: indoor air pollution.
Why is IAQ Important?
If you live in Chino Hills, Corona, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, or one of the surrounding cities, odds are you spend a good portion of your time indoors during the blazing hot summers and bone-chilling winters, with little exchange of air.
According to the EPA, the average person spends up to 90% of their time indoors, and about 65% in their home.
You may be asking yourself, why is that important? The reason why these figures are so alarming is that the EPA also states that the air inside your home is 7-10 times more polluted than the air outside!
Detect IAQ Problems at Home
Take a deep breath; hold it in; now slowly exhale. Do you get the impression the air is as fresh as it could be? If you’re like most homeowners in Chino Hills, Corona, Yorba Linda, Rancho Santa Margarita, and the surrounding areas the answer is most likely NO.
It is somewhat absurd that so much focus is placed on living healthy lives by eating organic, chemical free, foods but no one considers the impact air has on the health of our families.
All this time indoors exposes your family to a concentrated assortment of contaminants.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Conventional Air Filters
One of the main objectives of your heating and air conditioning system is to help maintain indoor air quality through adequate filtration and ventilation. Proper air filtration and care for your HVAC system will result in improved efficiency and indoor air quality. This section will focus on helping you select the air filter that is suitable for your heating and air conditioning system, and for the health of your family.
By trapping the air, your home is also trapping contaminants, producing a high concentration of pollutants in your home. Homes of families with special health concerns or people with weak immune systems, such as small children or the elderly, are in special need of high indoor air quality.
Electronic Air Filters
For most homes in Orange County and the Inland Empire, the first line of defense for IAQ is at the filter. The purpose of the filter is to sift the air passing through, catching any dirt, dust or pollutant before it has a chance to disperse through your home. Most air filters do a decent job at capturing large particles. However, the contaminants that are responsible for adverse health effects are too small to be trapped by the conventional HVAC filter.
An electronic air cleaner is an efficient upgrade over a standard air filter. Electronic HVAC filters have superior filtration properties and are specially constructed to trap even the smallest speck of dust.
Ultraviolet (UV) Lights
With little to no ventilation, pollutants in your home have no way to escape. Instead, they are repeatedly circulated through your home by your heating and air conditioning system. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Mold, dirt, pet dander, toxins, dead skin cells, and countless other pollutants are dispersed through your home, and the air you breathe, over and over again.
Imagine you had to use a straw to breathe; would you share it with every person who visits your home? Probably not, but that’s kind of what your HVAC system is doing for you. Don’t freak out; it's ok, Air Care Heating and Air Conditioning can help. One way to improve your indoor air quality is by installing an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Light, UV-Light for short.
The Air Scrubber was designed to eliminate odors and remove pollutants by coating your home with “O-Zone.” It uses your heating and air conditioning system to circulate "O-Zone" through your home. As the product is pumped out by your HVAC system, it coats your home and appliances, protecting your family from contaminants like bacteria and viruses.
Picture your heating and air conditioning system spraying sanitizer throughout your home; that is in essence how Air Scrubber's work. After incorporating an Air Scrubber with your heating and cooling system you can physically feel, and smell, a difference in the cleanliness of your home.
Breathe Easy: Ways to Improve Your IAQ
Air Filtration: The Basics
Proper design of your heating and air conditioning system can ensure you keep indoor air pollutants at bay. If you live in a “tight-home,” like the contemporary homes built in Chino Hills, Corona, Yorba Linda, Rancho Santa Margarita, and the surrounding cities, the most effective way to reduce contaminants from your air is through air filtration and ventilation.
Air filtration removes contaminants as the cycle through your HVAC system. Ventilation dilutes contaminants by introducing fresh outdoor air to dilute polluted indoor air.
Ways to Improve IAQ
We tend to think of air pollution as something outside -- smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air. But the harsh truth is, the air inside homes 7-10 times more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners.
These pollutants and allergens can have adverse effects on your health, ranging from sore eyes and a runny nose to headaches and fatigue, and they can also worsen allergies & asthma. Fortunately, there are a number of effortless actions you can take to improve the quality of the air in your home significantly.
IAQ Common Pollutants
Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. Also, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue. People who already have lung disease are at greater risk.
The American Lung Association recommends that the first line of defense against indoor air pollution is finding ways to keep the pollutants from being added to the air in the first place. The first step is to know what the pollutants are and how they are being produced. This section can help you figure that out.