What is indoor air quality and why is it important?

a mother and daughter enjoying the quality air inside their homeIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within your home, especially as it relates to your health and comfort. Think about how much time you spend inside your home. How clean is the air you are breathing? It’s an important question because the truth is that Indoor Air Quality in the Rio Grande Valley can be even worse than outside in our tropical pollen filled paradise. It is important to minimize common pollutants indoors to help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns. Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency says poor Indoor Air Quality is actually one of the top 5 risks to human health? Yet the air inside an average Rio Grande Valley home can be 5 times as polluted as outside.

Many people in South Texas suffering from allergies or asthma are shocked to discover that their symptoms can be greatly relieved by improving the quality of air inside their home. Below are some simple steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality.

Change your Air Filter

Air filters are designed to trap dirt, pet dander, dust mites, pollen and other contaminants. We always advise customers to change out filters one a month and use the pleated variety. If you have any questions about the the best type of filter to use, please contact us.

Keep it Clean

As simple as it sounds, just doing some regular cleaning around the house has a big impact on indoor air quality.

  • Make sure floors are vacuumed and/or mopped at least once a week
  • Use mats by the doors to prevent dirt from entering your home and/or have people remove their shoes
  • Use microfiber cloths to remove dust particles from surfaces
  • Wash pillows, sheets and comforters once a week to reduce exposure to allergens, including dust mites

Minimize chemical pollutants.

Avoid smoking indoors. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of indoor pollutants at high concentrations. Minimize the use of harsh cleaners including cleaners with solvents and harsh fragrances.

Seal up your ductwork

Leaky ducts can not only lower your energy efficiency, but can also let dirt and debris loose into your home.

In addition to these tips, Expert Air can assist with additional products and services such as UV Lights, duct cleaning, ventilation  and air purifiers to improve your indoor air quality.  Contact us today for more information.