Indoor air quality (IAQ) is something that affects everyone. With each breath, you’re inhaling potentially hazardous chemicals and irritants. Though you can’t see IAQ, it’s something that you should be mindful of to ensure that you’re not falling victim to unseen allergens and pollutants in the Glenside, Pennsylvania, air.

IAQ is a Serious Health Risk

The hazards of poor IAQ are not something you should take lightly. Poor air quality is one of the top five risks to American health. Many U.S. homes have at least one problem with their IAQ, including high levels of dust, pollen, chemicals, and viruses. Poor indoor air can increase your risk of developing asthma as well as the likelihood of showing symptoms. You may also experience respiratory irritation or itchy eyes, nose, and throat.

Your Household Items May Be a Problem

Dust and dirt aren’t the only hazards when it comes to air quality. Regular household items can leach pollutants into the air. New carpets, paint, flooring, and furniture can all off-gas dangerous chemicals. The very products that you use to freshen your air, such as candles and air freshening sprays, are usually filled with irritating chemicals as well.

Air Conditioning Makes a Difference

When you’re battling poor IAQ, your first instinct may be to open the windows and let some fresh air in. Unfortunately, this will only draw in outdoor pollutants and pollen.  The better option is to turn on your air conditioning. Even a standard air conditioning system will filter your air as it circulates through the home. Change the filter in your air conditioner every one to three months for the best results. Add an air cleaner, and you can actively remove some of the worst culprits for low IAQ with every pass through the system.

For more help improving your IAQ, contact Custom Aire at (215) 638-1800. We can help you improve and maintain your HVAC system for optimum performance and the best possible air quality.