Improve Your Indoor Air Quality for National Wellness Month

What Is Indoor Air Quality? 

Indoor air quality refers to the air quality in a home or building and how it impacts a household or building occupants’ health. This can include the temperature, humidity, ventilation amount, and mold or chemicals exposure. If a property has poor indoor air quality, it can negatively impact those inside the house or office. It can increase allergy and asthma symptoms, leading to respiratory illnesses. 

During National Wellness Month – a month dedicated to people taking care of themselves – property owners need to improve indoor air quality and schedule indoor air quality services.

Health Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality

sickIf a house or building has poor indoor air quality, health symptoms might be some of the first signs property owners notice indicating they need repairs. 

If exposed to poor indoor quality, family members or building occupants can suffer from respiratory issues. It can cause a stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, and wheezing. Those with allergies or asthma might experience heightened symptoms. Other issues people might experience are headaches, burning of the eyes, and even skin rashes. 

Air Filter Replacement and Maintenance

filterOne way to improve a home or office’s indoor air quality is to schedule regular HVAC maintenance and often change the air conditioner system’s air filters. 

HVAC technicians recommend changing an AC unit’s air filters at least every three months. Dust, dander, and other debris can build up on filters. When this happens, the filters cannot successfully remove particles from the air. This can cause more debris to circulate in the air. 

AC experts also suggest scheduling annual HVAC maintenance services to allow technicians to inspect the system. This will let them look for leaks that can cause refrigerant to leak out of the system or cause mold and mildew to form in the system. These can worsen the air quality in a home.

Air Cleaners and Filtration Systems

To improve a property’s indoor air quality, technicians may recommend installing an air cleaner or filtration system – such as an air purifier or a UV air sanitizer. 

An air purifier removes particulate matter from the air through filtration. HEPA filters are commonly used, as well as ionic purifiers, to remove dust, allergens, and other particles from the air. Air sanitizers, on the other hand,  use ultraviolet light to destroy pathogens and bacteria in the air. 

While both work to improve indoor air quality, air purifiers tend to be used to reduce dust and pollen, and UV sanitizers are used to kill bacteria, mold, and viruses. 

About The Bosworth Company

Since 1949, The Bosworth Company has provided reliable, quality plumbing services to the Midland area. They offer 100% satisfaction guaranteed and same-day services. Call them today for HVAC services in Midland, TX. 

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