Indoor Air Quality Basics—5 Reasons Why You Should Care
You walk into a home or building, and suddenly your eyes are watery or itchy.
Blame it on indoor air quality (IAQ).
The comfort of your home depends on the quality of the air. A home with musty odors can lead to headaches or respiratory issues. Too much humidity inside a home is a drag.
Bryant Colorado has a network of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) dealers who can help improve the air quality inside your Colorado home or building. Our dealers offer free in-home estimates, generous rebates, and convenient financing.
Find a factory-authorized dealer in our network for a free consultation about your next project.
Air Quality Issues in Colorado
All of us are affected by the change of seasons, weather conditions, and other factors. Additionally, many parts of the country are experiencing wildfires, heat waves, and drought.
But few things in life are more important than the air you breathe. Here are five reasons why you should care about the air quality inside your home:
- You spend more time indoors than you realize.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that most Americans spend 90 percent of their day indoors. And there are times of the year when you cannot open up the windows to let in some fresh air because of the outdoor temperature or allergies. You need an efficient HVAC system to balance the humidity inside your home and keep you comfortable.
- Your health depends on it.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) notes that September is the worst month for allergy and asthma sufferers. Ragweed and other tree pollen peaks in September, and the mold count goes up from falling leaves.
Indoor triggers include dust mites, pet dander, chemicals, smoke—even cockroaches.
- What are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds—or VOCs—are toxic odors that irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Long-term exposure can lead to kidney and liver damage. Some VOCs can even cause cancer.
A number of household products emit VOCs, including:
- Paint strippers
- Cleaning supplies
- Building materials and furnishings
- Air fresheners
EPA studies have found that levels of several VOCs average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors, regardless of whether the homes are in rural or highly industrial areas.
- Enjoy a good night’s rest.
Are you feeling a little tired this morning from all that tossing and turning? The temperature and indoor air quality inside your bedroom play a part in how well you sleep.
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (AHRAE), lowering the temperature a few degrees at night and making sure your bedroom is well-ventilated can go a long way towards a good night’s rest.
- Getting comfortable is more convenient than ever.
Bryant Colorado offers air purifiers, air filters, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, ultraviolet (UV) lighting, and ventilators.
Your Bryant dealer can help you choose the right IAQ products for your home or business. Enjoy technology designed to remove viruses, bacteria, pollen, and more. It’s like a breath of fresh air!
Call Your Air Quality Experts Today
Bryant Colorado provides homes and businesses with a network of only the most qualified HVAC specialists in your state. Call us at 303-479-4778 or request service online and let us help find a Bryant dealer near you!