How IAQ Affects You & Your Home

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Your IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) is not only an important factor in your overall health and well-being, it’s also an important factor in your Columbia, South Carolina’s home heating and cooling system. Did you know that the air inside of the average household can be up to 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside? The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has placed indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental hazards. Contaminants like mold, pollen, pet dander, dust, dirt, etc. are commonly found inside homes. On top of these harmful contaminants inside your home, you also have to think about your moisture levels.

Common Health Symptoms of Poor IAQ

One of the biggest reasons that the outdoor air is typically much cleaner than your indoor air is because outside air can ventilate. Homes these days have more insulation and are more tightly sealed than they once were. While this is ideal for comfort, it’s not ideal for your IAQ. The pollutants in your home get trapped inside and never have much of a chance to escape outside, leaving you breathing them in day in and day out. Some of the most common symptoms of poor IAQ include the following:

Difficulty Breathing
Eye, Nose & Throat Irritation
Respiratory & Cardiovascular Disease

Common HVAC Symptoms of Poor IAQ

When your home and air is full of pollutants, your HVAC system can easily become full of them too. When your air filters are not changed out regularly, they become clogged and the air in your HVAC system can no longer flow through your ductwork as efficiently and effectively as it once did. This increases your energy bills and adds unnecessary wear and tear on your heating and cooling equipment.

Some common HVAC symptoms of having poor indoor air quality include the following:

Higher Utility Bills
More Frequent Repairs
HVAC Problems & Issues
Restricted Airflow
Inconvenient Breakdowns
And More!

If you are looking for indoor air quality solutions to improve the IAQ in your Columbia, South Carolina home – give Air Necessities Heating & Cooling a call today! Our team is always ready to help our customers with whatever heating and air conditioning service they may need.