Have you found yourself plagued with an itchy nose, throat or eyes? Are you experiencing dizziness or respiratory problems? The cause of your ailments may be closer than you think — in fact, it could be inside your own home!
You might be experiencing the effects of bad indoor air quality, also known as IAQ. Luckily, Star Mechanical has the friendly, dependable experts you need to improve it! We offer various services to ensure your home is free of all the pests in the air. This may include IAQ testing, HVAC maintenance, air purifier installation or more. Our team will decide the best route for each home. You can wave goodbye to watery eyes and bask in the comfort of clean air circulating your house.
What Is IAQ?
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within buildings and how this air contributes to a person’s health.
Poor air quality often manifests with cold or allergy-like symptoms, leaving the whole household with sniffles. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air quality inside the average home is FIVE times as polluted as the air outside — a staggering statistic, given how much time we spend inside our homes.
In some severe cases, long-term exposure to bad IAQ can lead to heart disease, respiratory infection and even cancer! To ensure the health and safety of everyone inside your household, it’s vital to engage in frequent IAQ testing and filter changing.
What Causes Bad IAQ?
Bad IAQ often arises when there is poor ventilation in a building. It could be due to the structure of the building or allergens and pollutants from inside/outside the home.
Indoor Causes Include:
- Tobacco products
- Gas stoves
- Pet dander
- Cleaning products
Outdoor Causes Include:
- Wildfire smoke
Aside from indoor and outdoor pollutants, humidity in your home can exacerbate poor IAQ. High humidity increases the chances of mold and fungi developing, while low humidity allows for the spreading of airborne illnesses and respiratory infections. Ensuring your HVAC system is routinely inspected is a great way to combat humidity issues.
Signs Of Poor IAQ
Identifying possible signs of bad air quality within your home is essential before prolonged exposure. Below are some tell-tale signs that indicate you may need to give us a call:
- Respiratory issues
- Skin irritation
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hyperactive allergies
While this isn’t a comprehensive list of all the symptoms you might experience, these are some of the most common warning signs of bad air quality. Make sure to rule out any other factors causing these symptoms, especially when they may lead to serious medical issues.
How To Improve IAQ
Achieving good IAQ seems daunting with all the allergens and pollutants that contribute to air quality. Luckily, there are several tasks you could do to help improve your air quality.
An initial deep clean of your home helps eliminate extra dust and bacteria. Weekly upkeep, such as wiping surfaces, dusting, washing clothes and other contaminants, also keeps pollutants at bay. Carpeted floors are significantly more prone to collecting pollutants in your home, so it’s important to vacuum!
A tidy home is only one part of air quality. With the help of our Star Mechanical team, we’ll provide the extra support you need to achieve good IAQ!
Clear Air A Call Away
We understand the struggles that arise with California heat and we have the Manteca indoor air quality services you can trust to alleviate it. Call one of our team members today, and we’ll ensure your home is filled with cool, clean, healthy air.