Indoor Air Quality
The EPA refers to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as “the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.”
IAQ and your health
Indoor air quality can affect the health, comfort and well-being of a homes occupants. Indoor air pollution can lead to a variety of health issues, including headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Asthma has also been linked to contaminated indoor air. Radon, a naturally occurring gas outdoors, can also penetrate homes and is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. source A simple radon testing kit, available online or from your local building supply store can be used to test for high levels of radon in your home. So how do we prevent these possible negative health affects and improve our home’s indoor air quality? Read on ..
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Eliminating the source of indoor air pollution can be the most effective at maintaining a healthy home. Moisture buildup from plumbing leaks and outside air penetration should be addressed immediately. Use an exhaust fan to remove moisture from bathrooms and food and cooking odors from the kitchen. When purchasing building materials or furniture, look for ratings pertaining to volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Ideally choose items which emit no or very low VOCs.
When weatherizing your home it’s imperative that you consider proper ventilation and the need to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home. Making your home air tight without proper ventilation can result in trapping secondhand smoke plus harmful chemicals know as volatile organic compounds or VOCs used in many building materials and consumer products. Proper ventilation helps to reduce and remove these indoor air pollutants.
Air Purifiers and Air Filtration
Along with source control and proper ventilation, an air purifier can help to reduce or eliminate harmful indoor air pollutants such as viruses, bacteria, molds, pollen and pet dander. If someone in your home has a medical condition that is sensitive to indoor air quality, consider installing a HEPA filter along with your normal HVAC filter. Remember, the main job of the HVAC filter is to protect the HVAC equipment from dust and dirt buildup. See below for other air purification technologies that can help improve your indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
How we can help: In addition to high-efficiency HAVC systems to control indoor humidity, we sell and install RGF’s award winning IAQ solutions for your home, including whole home air purifiers that can improve air quality and extend the life of your AC and heating system. Check out the Guardian Air QR+and the REME HALO®®.
Fight mold, germs, volatile organic compounds, odors and reduce airborne particles by choosing one of RGF’s Air Purification Systems that best fits your needs. RGF’s award winning line of induct and stand alone air purifiers featuring REME® and PHI-cell® technology produce hydro-peroxides (H2O2), which are proven safe and effective at cleansing the air in your home.
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