The average life expectancy in America is around 78 years and researchers estimate that we spent 90% of it indoors. So that means that most of the air that you and your family experience is indoor air and the quality of that air is a high priority to you.
What causes Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality is caused by a wide variety of factors that exist inside of your home or business. Gases or particles that are pushed into the air are the number one cause of indoor air quality problems.
These include items such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products. Some building materials and furnishings used in your home or business can give off these gases and particle, especially when they begin to deteriorate. Insulation, wet or damp carpet, and your cabinets or furniture made of certain pressed wood products can contribute.
The products that you use to keep your home clean and maintained, your personal care products, and even your hobbies can be adding to your problem daily. Even your heating and cooling systems and humidity devices are effecting your indoor air quality.
How does Indoor Air Quality effect your Health
The effects of indoor air pollution can show up from one exposure or repeated exposures. They can be irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Thankfully these mild, immediate responses are usually fairly easily treatable. On a larger scale are some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, infections and more.
The problem begins when we realize that even as these things can seem like a small thing, they happen most often to the most vulnerable persons among us. Children, those with health compromises, the elderly, pets, anyone with any kind of lung problem they are the ones who suffer the most from poor indoor air quality.
Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified.
Saving money by using less energy to heat and cool our homes and businesses has lead many of us to weatherize our buildings. We love to keep the cold air out and all the warm air in during the different seasons here in Iowa. But all that sealing and insulation can cause big problems with your indoor air quality.
Weatherizing does not cause indoor air pollution, but proper ventilation is a big factor in keeping your home or business’s air quality high. When you seal everything up you change the ventilation of your building.
Signs that this is causing a negative effect inside of your home or business would be:
- stuffy air
- moisture condensation
- mold growth
- mildew formation
Radon and Indoor Air Quality
Radon is a radioactive gas found in nature. It has no color, odor or taste. and is chemically inert. It comes from the natural uranium in the earth.Because it is a gas, radon moves upward out of the soil and into the air.
Iowa has the highest average radon concentrations in the country and radon levels can differ dramatically from one home to the next so all homes and business need to check for radon.
Improve your Indoor Air Quality
Call Dorrain today to schedule your indoor air quality evaluation. Dorrian is proud to offer indoor air quality solutions from Global Plasma Solutions (GPS). GPS’ products provide VOC and pathogen control, are easily installed and require very little maintenance. They won’t be a drain on your pocketbook for years to come since there are never any replacement parts required. We invite you to visit their website http://gpshvac.com/ or download their brochure to learn more.
Call Dorrian Today (515) 987-4310