Indoor air quality (IAQ) has become one of the most important HVAC issues among homeowners—especially those who suffer from asthma or allergies. The following infographic was first syndicated by Air Experts Heating & Cooling and clearly demonstrates why homeowners should understand IAQ and how it depends on a home’s HVAC system. The average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors, which means indoor air matters far more than the air outside, and you probably spend about 65 percent of that time in your own home.
The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental issues that endanger public health. From homes and schools to office buildings and community venues, poor IAQ can increase occupants’ exposure to harmful pathogens and impact people’s respiratory health. An effective HVAC system improves IAQ by ventilating the home, maintaining appropriate humidity levels, and removing indoor pollutants. Not only do well-maintained HVAC systems help purify the air in your home, but they also make you more comfortable.
Pollution invades a home through several sources. Every time you open a window or door, external pollutants can enter. Additionally, many household products decrease IAQ in the home. Fragrances, commercial cleaning agents, and even some forms of upholstery can release harmful toxins. You can protect yourself by avoiding dangerous chemicals, having your HVAC system maintained on a regular basis, and buying high-performance air filters. You can also create cleaner air in your Raleigh home by upgrading your HVAC equipment and installing air cleaners or purifiers that remove more pollutants from the air than your air filter can catch.