Indoor Air Quality is actually paraphrasing the real issue:
Indoor Air Pollution. And Humidity is the other contributor to indoor air quality.
Watch the interview with a local TV station!
Humidity is a component we can easily grasp: We feel comfortable between 20 and 50% relative humidity. Below that we start to suffer from dry nose and throat, we experience more static electricity and others. Above the 50% rH mark we start to sweat and we experience a musky humid smell in the air, to name a few.
Typical Indoor Air Pollutants:
- Mold and Mildew: The primary cause of mold in our homes is due to excess moisture in the air. Mold spores circulate through the indoor air we breath and will begin growth when enough moisture is present. Relative humidity (RH) over 60% is enough to promote mold growth.
- Dust Mites: Dust mites are one of the largest causes of allergies in the home. Dust mites live and breed in our pillows, beds, carpets and upholstered furniture. A gram of house dust (approximately 1/2 teaspoon) contains as many as 1,000 dust mites. That same gram of dust contains over 250,000 of their fecal pellets. Dust mites die off when RH is below 50%.
- Animals: Pet Dander (dry skin flakes) is the main cause of pet allergies. Every time our favorite furry friend is petted, rubs against something or even just shakes himself pet dander is released into the air we breathe.
- VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds: Our daily routines effect the air we breathe more than we realize. VOC’s include cleaning products, pesticides (most come in from outside on our shoes), and personal care products just to name a few.
- Other pollutants: Bacteria, Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
What to do?
- In many cases opening a window regularly is a good solution. Allow for air exchange, get fresh air into the house.
- Air Filtering
- Humidity Control with humidifier and dehumidifier
Contact us today! Our technicians and Comfort Specialists are ready to answer any question about Air Quality and Comfort.