FAQs About IAQ

FAQs About IAQ

Whether you know it or not, indoor air quality (IAQ) affects you every day. If you are looking to learn more about indoor air quality, these frequently asked questions will help give you a better understanding:

What is indoor air quality?

According to the EPA, indoor air quality refers to the quality of air within our homes and buildings, especially as it relates to the health of building occupants.

Is indoor air pollution a serious problem?

Yes. So much so, in fact, that the EPA named indoor air pollution as a Top Five Risk to Public Health. A study they conducted in North America found that roughly 96% of homes had at least one indoor air quality problem.

What are the health risks associated with indoor air pollution?

Indoor air pollution can have many adverse affects on your health, both in the short- and long-term. Some side effects that indoor air pollution have been linked to include:

Short-Term:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Long-Term:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • COPD
  • Lung Cancer

What causes indoor air pollution?

Indoor air pollution can come from a variety of places inside the home, many of which are seemingly harmless products. Common household sources of indoor air pollution include: pets; high humidity; air fresheners; cleaning products; paint; furniture; wood floors and cabinetry; carpets; and heating equipment such as stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces.

How can I improve my indoor air quality?

Luckily, it is possible to improve the air quality in your home. Cleaner, healthier air is just five steps away:

  1. Remove sources of indoor air pollution.
  2. Control your humidity levels.
  3. Improve the ventilation in your home.
  4. Add more houseplants.
  5. Install an air purification system.

Homeowners in Fairfax County, Virginia can count on the experts at the Air Treatment Company for all of their indoor air quality needs. Visit our website to see how we can help improve the air in your home, or call (703) 270-0881.

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