When we hear and think of the word pollutants, we don’t normally associate it with the inside of our homes or businesses. We rather think outside like air or the ground. Allergies, illness, and long-term health can be affected by the quality of the air inside our homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our home can be two to ten times worse than outside air. The truth is, air pollution in your home can be just as bad or even worse than it is outdoors.
There are many sources responsible for indoor air pollution. Sources include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, or wood, tobacco products, building materials and furnishings, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products, products for household cleaning and personal care, and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution. Poor IAQ contributes to both short and long term health issues which can lead to low productivity, absenteeism and impaired decision making in the office environment. Even though our bodies act like filters and catch up most of the larger pollutants, the smallest of these pass into our lungs or our bloodstream. These are potentially the most dangerous to our health.
To maintain good air quality you need to have extended periods of air circulation allowing the air to constantly pass through the filter. The higher efficiency systems can run at low energy for longer periods aiding in the elimination of high utility bills. This is simultaneously better for your air quality and is more energy-efficient. Even though AC systems filter out most of the common air pollutants, eventually, the air filters will be stuffed with contaminant particles and stop doing their job. Make sure to change your AC filters regularly, or get professional maintenance done which normally includes a filter change.