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July 9, 2019

The Indoor Air Quality Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

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Most homeowners think their home comfort depends on how well their heating and cooling systems perform. This is true, but indoor air quality is just as important. At Roth Heating Company, we understand what a significant role air quality plays in your home and your health. Find out what exactly indoor air quality is, how it affects your family, and what you can do to ensure the air in your home is healthy and harmless.

Here’s the Scoop on Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) addresses air quality within and around buildings, whether it’s a home, office, restaurant, or hotel. It’s become increasingly important in recent decades as our industry has learned how it affects those who live in, work in, or visit spaces with poor air quality. In certain cases, poor IAQ can affect the health, comfort, and well-being of everyone inside.

What Causes Poor Air Quality?

homeowners enjoying the comfort of their homeAir quality can be negatively affected by several things, including pollen, dust, mold, bacteria, pet dander, poor ventilation, and high humidity levels. These common household items can also contribute to polluted air:

  • Aerosol sprays (including hair spray, cooking spray, deodorants, etc.)
  • Paints, paint strippers, carpeting, building materials, and furnishings
  • Candles, incense, air fresheners, perfumes, and other scented items
  • Cleaning and disinfectant products (because they are made up of chemicals)

These products emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—the same compounds found in car exhaust. While VOCs can be both toxic and non-toxic, they are unhealthy in any amount because they pollute the air and cause health problems.

What You Can Do to Improve Your Air Quality

If you’re worried about your air quality, here are a few things you can do to improve it:

  • Change your air filter regularly to ensure air filtration is effective.
  • Use nontoxic paints, cleaning supplies, and other household products.
  • Clean your home frequently—vacuum the floors, wash bedding, declutter, and dust.
  • Opt for “fragrance-free” products to keep VOC counts down. (Note: items labeled with “fragrance” on the packaging can contain up to 2,000 VOCs.)
  • Consider an air purifier—it captures up to 95 percent of particles .30 to 1.0 microns in size. It also kills or inactivates up to 99 percent of captured germs, pollen, and mold.

We’ll recommend Carrier® humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or air ventilators as needed to balance humidity levels and improve ventilation if problems in your home are severe enough.

A thorough duct cleaning may also help improve IAQ by reducing dust, lint, odors, and allergens, and enhancing your family’s respiratory health. Not sure if you could benefit from a duct cleaning? Just ask—especially if you’ve never had your ductwork cleaned or haven’t in a few years. The average six-room home collects up to 40 pounds of dust in a single year, so a duct cleaning is likely to make a huge difference in your home.

Your Indoor Air Quality Is in Good Hands With Roth Heating

Don’t leave your air quality to chance. Find out if it’s negatively affecting your family’s health—schedule an appointment with one of our pros. We’ve been the trusted home comfort provider for homeowners in our area since 1969, and can help you, too: call 414-764-4700 or contact us today.