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Indoor air quality is probably the last thing you think about when getting your air conditioner ready for summer or furnace ready for winter. You’re most likely worried about cost and effectiveness of making your home more comfortable. Indoor air quality is important to monitor, as it can cause health issues if it’s not up to par. Here are some frequently asked questions, and answers, when it comes to indoor air quality.

What is indoor air quality?

First, let’s start with the technical definition. According to the EPA, indoor air quality refers to the air quality in and around buildings and other structures, such as houses. This also relates to the health and comfort level of occupants and the level of pollutants that causes low or high quality. This means that if you maintain your HVAC systems and keep your home clean, your air quality should be high and not cause any issues. If your air quality is low, this means that it can cause discomfort and health issues with people living in the home.

Who is most susceptible to poor indoor air quality?

Those who suffer from asthma and allergies are the most susceptible to poor indoor air quality. It increases the number of airborne allergens within the home which can further irritate asthma and allergies. Children are also more susceptible because they breathe faster, causing more allergens to enter their lungs. People with pets also have a higher risk due to increased allergens from pet dander.

What are the effects of poor indoor air quality?

As mentioned above, those with allergies or asthma may experience more symptoms. People without these conditions may also experience flu-like symptoms such as a cough, headaches, fatigue, and dry eyes. Your home may experience inadequate air distribution and humidity levels. Long and or repeated exposures to poor indoor air can cause more serious respiratory issues and other diseases.

What can I do to improve my indoor air quality?

Improving your indoor air quality is simple if you catch it early. Keeping your home clean and smoke-free is the most important step. Consult a heating and cooling expert, like an HVAC company in Lansing, to assess your air quality. Sometimes, it can be as simple as changing the air filter in your home. You may need to install an air quality system to clear out airborne allergens daily in your home. It also helps reduce pet hair and mold and is recommended for those with sensitive allergies or asthma. You can also install a whole home humidifier to regulate the temperature and reduce the circulation of allergens.

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