Now that the muggy days of summer are behind us, it’s a good time to take stock of your indoor air quality (IAQ). Consider the following facts and suggestions for creating a clean and healthy indoor environment.
What contaminates indoor air quality in St. Louis County?
Over the summer months in St. Louis County, residents spend more than 85 percent of their day indoors. Locking out unconditioned outside air, many ventilation systems recycle the air already inside. Even though reused air is effective for curtailing energy costs, re-circulated air is often tainted with indoor pollutants like dust, dander, and mold which counter healthy indoor air quality. The EPA also says that people receive 72 percent of their chemical exposure from indoor environments.
Moisture performs as an indoor air pollutant. When moisture and dust blend, mold develops, emitting particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Both mold and VOCs have a reputation for promoting watery eyes, joint pain, nausea, headaches, blurred vision, skin rashes, a sore throat, perennial allergies and other unsavory side effects. It is important to maintain a clean environment to help counteract the effects of poor indoor air quality.
Which household chores influence good indoor air quality in St. Louis County?
Monthly air filter replacements are recommended for improving IAQ, but that is not the only approach for eliminating indoor pollutants. St. Louis County heating and air conditioning specialist Hoffmann Brothers recommends, “Cleaning inside window panes, air duct vent covers, and other surfaces around the home to mitigate dust accumulation. These chores should be conducted with the windows open.”
An annual maintenance check of the home’s heating system represents another approach for assuring clean indoor air quality. When Hoffmann Brothers administers a heating system or air conditioning check up, the contractor will clean all of the HVAC’s components to optimize its performance and promote a healthy environment. Hoffmann Brothers will also check crawl spaces, basements and other damp areas for mold.