Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)– What is it and Why Does My Heating and Air Contractor Keep Bringing it Up?
Over the years, the role of the heating and air conditioning contractor has changed. With higher standards in training, the role and responsibilities have evolved. There was a time when an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technician would only deal with heating and cooling—but today they are trained to mitigate health hazards that exist in the home from indoor air quality problems.
What is Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term that refers to the condition of the air in your home especially as it relates to the health and comfort of the occupants.
Conditions that impact IAQ include:
- Air purity
According to the epa.gov website, health effects from indoor air pollutions may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, even years later. The air inside your home can cause immediate and long term effects to your health. Some effects may be made worse by an inadequate supply of outdoor air or from the heating, cooling, or humidity conditions in your home. The Center for Disease Control stated that home air pollution can be made worse by poor ventilation, high heat, and high humidity.
Generally, consumers don’t know that many of the indoor air quality problems they have can easily be solved by talking with a certified and trained HVAC contractor.
Problems you may have noticed that we can help you with:
- Allergies—runny nose while in the home
- Dust— it’s excessive you are always dusting
- Asthma or other respiratory issues
- Mold and damp basement
- Dry static air—that creates those painful shocks
- Carbon monoxide protection
So, it’s important for our clients to understand that while there are many portable solutions available that promise to improve the quality of the air inside your home, please talk to your service technician about the permanent and whole home options.
Now that you know what IAQ is and why we bring it up, do you feel it’s important that your service technician helps you mitigate these health hazard that exist in your home? When installing a new HVAC system, building IAQ items into the system certainly is something to consider. In addition, air cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, air scrubbers, and low-level CO monitors, can be installed anytime. Just remember to always use a qualified and trained HVAC technician or installer.
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At M.E. Flow, our service technicians are skilled and trained to not only service— but to educate. You can request a no-obligation estimate today by filling out the form on this page or give us a call at 703-777-2311.
Below are some links to popular Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products we install: