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Factors That Affect Your IAQ And What to Do About Them

Sick woman blowing her noseIt’s easy to be concerned with the quality of the air quality in your city, especially here in Boston, but your indoor air quality should be an area of concern too. If you’re worried about your indoor air quality you’re already a step ahead. Your indoor air quality directly impacts your home comfort, the quality of your health, and the efficiency of your HVAC system. If you’d like to improve your indoor air quality in Boston, MA then contact our team. We have the best technicians available in the area and we’re committed to providing you with the best service available.

If you’d like to know what common household factors in your home, keep reading below.

Common Factors that Affect IAQ

Here a few things that greatly impact your IAQ:

People

You and your family members affect that air quality in your home just by doing routine things. When you exhale carbon dioxide, shed skin flakes, emit body odors, or contract illnesses or have diseases, it emits things that decrease your indoor air quality.

Activities

When you do things around your home like cleaning using caustic fluids, use pest control products, or even do things that you probably think of as innocuous like spray on your favorite fragrance, smoke, or vape you’re affecting your indoor air quality.

Furnishings

Your furnishings, draperies, and floor coverings can all harbor contaminants that lower your indoor air quality. In addition to this, their finishes, paint varnishes, and wall coverings can all contribute to poor indoor air quality.

If you’ve recently remodeled your home and have used caulking compounds, adhesives, wood laminates, particleboards, or have put in new carpeting, you probably have low indoor air quality in your home.

Moisture

Too much or too little moisture in your home is a big problem for your indoor air quality. Too much moisture can lead to mold and mildew growing around your home and you breathing in mold spores while a lack of moisture in your home create dry conditions that make it much easier for you to get sick in.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

All the factors listed above contribute to poor indoor air quality, if you’d like to improve the air quality in your home, we offer a few methods.

  • Duct Cleaning: The best way to reduce allergens in your home is through cleaning. Cleaning your air ducts regularly helps allergens stop accumulating, which in turn minimizes allergy and asthma symptoms in your home. Have the professionals from our team come out and clean your ducts on a routine basis.
  • Add a Humidifier: Adding a humidifier to your home can reduce the level of allergens in your home. If you keep your humidity level a little below 55% it will discourage the growth of mold and the spread of dust mites. Contact our team to inquire about humidifiers that work with your home.
  • Cleaning Regularly: You can do your part by cleaning your home regularly. Cleaning prevents allergens from accumulating. Focus on your bedroom since this is the area that gets the most exposure to dust mites and allergens—60% of dust mites in your home are found in your mattress and bedding. To combat this, you can wash your bedding regularly in hot water and keep your home tidy.

If you need to improve the indoor air quality in your home, contact Cooling Unlimited, Inc. today to schedule an appointment.

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