Posted by admin on July 26, 2016

How is your IAQ?

No, I did not ask what is your IQ. I am talking about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in your home.

Here are a few Air Quality Facts and Statistics*

  1. Since 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has consistently ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five risks to public health.
  2. 91% of homes in the U.S. have particle allergens levels (dust, dander, pollen, spores and smoke) outside of the recommended range.
  3. Since 1980, the asthma death rate for children under 19 years of age has increased by nearly 80%.
  4. Spending on medications to relieve allergy and asthma symptoms stands at over 5 billion dollars a year.

Looking at these statistics, it is probably safe to say most of us have experienced some level of IAQ deficiency in the home.  Indications of IAQ problems in the home would be excessive dust, stuffy rooms, some rooms that feel hot or cold when the rest of the house is comfortable, a musty smell, family members that sneeze often, feel lethargic or have dry skin.

If you have experienced some or all of these IAQ problems, here are some recommended actions that you can take to improve your IAQ:

  1. Use a door mat, a wipe off mat will cut down on one of the biggest carriers of particulate in the home, the bottoms of shoes.
  2. Use the exhaust fan when cooking and the bathroom exhaust fan.
  3. Limit the use of scented candles and room fresheners
  4. Wash Bedding frequently in hot water.

If you have tried all of the above and still experience IAQ problems here are some things that we can do to help you breathe easier in your home.

  1. Install a high efficiency particulate air filter on your forced air heating system. A high efficiency HEPA filter can provide relief from allergies by trapping smaller airborne particles, these filters make the air in your home cleaner and less irritating to allergy sufferers.
  2. Install a Guardian QR+ into your existing duct work. This unit charges the air with ionized hydro-peroxides which attack odors, air pollutants, VOCS, mold, bacteria and viruses. It easily mounts in heating and air conditioning duct work which is where most sick building problems start.
  3. Inspect, Clean, Repair and Sanitize the dirty ductwork that the heating systems uses to disperse the conditioned air in your home. Duct cleaning removes all the accumulated dirt, debris and other contaminates found in the HVAC system
  4. Install mechanical ventilation, which dilutes volatile organic compounds (VOCS) by introducing fresh outdoor air. Mechanical ventilation is like opening a window, but doing so in a more energy efficient manner.

If you would like a Free IAQ consultation and Free Video inspection of the duct work in your home, call us at 1-888-883-0692. We would be happy to help you, breathe easier in your home.