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Indoor Air Quality

As the warm summer months approach, many of us are getting ready to open the windows and let in some fresh air. But have you examined the quality of air in your home? Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a crucial but sometimes disregarded feature of our living environment, particularly during the summer months when we spend more time indoors with closed windows and doors.

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

Indoor air quality refers to the cleanliness and healthiness of the air within buildings, including homes, offices, and schools. Poor IAQ can have a significant impact on our health, leading to respiratory issues, allergies, and other health problems. Common pollutants that affect IAQ include:

  • Dust and dust mites

  • Pollen

  • Mold and mildew

  • Pet dander

  • Tobacco smoke

  • VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from household products and building materials

  • Indoor air pollutants can be especially problematic during the summer when we rely on air conditioning, which can recirculate indoor air, trapping pollutants inside.

Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your home:

  1. Keep it Clean: Regular cleaning, including dusting, vacuuming, and mopping, can help reduce dust and allergens in your home.

  2. Control Humidity: Use a dehumidifier to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-50% to prevent mold growth.

  3. Ventilation: Proper ventilation is key to maintaining good IAQ. Open windows when possible and use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms.

  4. Air Purification: Consider using air purifiers with HEPA filters to remove airborne particles and improve air quality.

  5. Reduce VOCs: Choose low-VOC or VOC-free household products and materials when possible.

  6. No Smoking: Smoking indoors can significantly reduce indoor air quality. If you smoke, do so outside.

  7. Regular Maintenance: Maintain your HVAC system and change filters regularly to ensure it is working efficiently.

Benefits of Improving Indoor Air Quality

Improving indoor air quality can have several benefits, including:

  • Improved respiratory health

  • Reduced allergy symptoms

  • Better sleep

  • Increased comfort and well-being

  • Enhanced productivity and cognitive function


As we prepare for the summer months ahead, let's not forget the importance of indoor air quality. By taking simple steps to improve IAQ, we can create a healthier and more comfortable living environment for ourselves and our families. If you have concerns about your indoor air quality, contact a professional HVAC technician to assess your home and recommend solutions. Breathe easy this summer with cleaner indoor air!