Air quality at home

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Indoor air quality is critical in promoting the over-all wellness of the occupants of a home or commercial structure. In fact, it can cause illnesses – short or long term – if it is not kept in check.

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certain guidelines on maintaining indoor air quality inside workplaces. And in their official website, they answered as well, frequently asked questions pertaining to their guidelines. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

“Indoor air quality (also called “indoor environmental quality”) describes how inside air can affect a person’s health, comfort, and ability to work.  It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, or exposure to other chemicals.  Currently, OSHA has no indoor air quality (IAQ) standards but it does provide guidelines about the most common IAQ workplace complaints. What is considered good IAQ? The qualities of good IAQ should include comfortable temperature and humidity, adequate supply of fresh outdoor air, and control of pollutants from inside and outside of the building.”

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HVAC’s Role in Indoor Air Quality

A home’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system has a lot to contribute in terms of indoor air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency discussed this in one of their articles on promoting indoor air quality. A/C And HVAC

“Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate.”

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Huffpost meanwhile published an article on how to ensure that the home’s air conditioning unit is not affecting the wellness of the whole family. In that article they tackled how ACs can either be a bane or boon to the health.

“It’s convenient to turn on the AC as soon as the temperature makes you uncomfortable but doing so could be harmful to more than just your wallet. Old and poorly-maintained AC units have been shown as factors in many health conditions, including respiratory conditions and the spread of some diseases. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to minimize any such risks.”

Check out the original article here.

Having a well-maintained HVAC unit helps a lot in ensuring a good indoor air quality at home.

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