IAQ is “indoor air quality.” The air quality inside buildings and homes is something that is a fairly recent concern for our global population. Understanding the common causes of poor indoor air quality and controlling air pollutants can lower your risks of health problems. Some of the health effects of poor indoor air include:
- Eyes, ears, nose, and throat irritations
- Increased allergy symptoms
If these symptoms seem to go away when you leave the home or building, you need to call your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professional. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, “Some effects may be made worse by an inadequate supply of outdoor air coming indoors or from the heating, cooling or humidity conditions prevalent indoors.”
How to Determine Problematic IAQ
Signs your home or building may have poor ventilation include:
- Air that feels “stuffy”
- Areas of rooms where items become moldy
- “Smelly” air
- Visibly dirty HVAC equipment
It’s Time to Prepare for Winter
We may not see freezing temperatures this winter here in southeast Texas, but most of us begin removing screens and closing windows in the fall as part of our preparation for colder weather. Many heating systems do not automatically bring fresh air in from the outdoors, and this results in less-than-usual ventilation in our homes. It’s especially important that your HVAC unit be clean and operating at 100% energy efficiency. A winterization checkup by your trained HVAC professional is vital for cleaner IAQ, energy efficiency and lower heating bills.
Your Family’s Health is Important
Call 281.651.5484, 936.271.2030, or contact us online to schedule your winter HVAC checkup and maintenance. The HVAC professionals at Bradbury Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning serve Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah, Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and surrounding communities. We care about your health and IAQ, not just because it’s our business: Our company is invested in making our good communities even better.