air quality

Factors That Hurt or Improve Indoor Air Quality

Do UV lights really work to kill germs in your home? Does changing your filter frequently make a difference in your indoor air quality? Can pollen be prevented from entering your home? When you really think about it, there are many potential factors for improving your IAQ.

There is still a lot of mystery surrounding indoor air quality, but it doesn’t have to be that way. QDI of Southeastern PA is here to answer how you can improve IAQ and also give you some details about what not to do.

What Hurts Your Indoor Air Quality?

There is a seemingly endless amount of contaminants that could be floating around in your indoor air, but the majority fall into these main categories:

  • Contaminated air from outside.
  • Emissions from your HVAC system.
  • Housekeeping/maintenance chemicals.
  • Areas that collect dust.
  • Water damage and unsanitary conditions.
  • Volatile organic compounds.
  • Redecorating, remodeling or repair activities.

Most of these can be prevented by keeping your home clean and up to date on all your plumbing and HVAC maintenance. Even changing your filter up to four times a year helps trap dust. However, some are a bit sneakier.

For example, when cooking, your cooking oils can overheat and release toxic gases. You may just dismiss it like smoke, but that smoke can sometimes expose you to formaldehyde!

What Helps Your Indoor Air Quality?

Fortunately, there are many solutions for dealing with indoor air contaminants. In addition to prevention, there are also options for technology that will help keep your air pure.

These include:

  • Duct sealing – Stops the spread of dust.
  • Humidifiers – Prevents the spread of microbes that thrive in dry air.
  • Dehumidifiers – Prevents the spread of microbes that thrive in humid air.
  • Air Purifiers – Filters out microscopic contaminants.
  • UV Light Systems – Kills germs that pass through your HVAC system.

These are even effective for outdoor contaminants such as pollen and vehicle exhaust that make their way inside.

What Simply Won’t Make a Difference to Your Indoor Air Quality

Heard about a few things that will supposedly help your IAQ? Here are a few that don’t work.

  • Cheap meters – If you buy a cheap online IAQ detector, it probably won’t be accurate.
  • Running a fan – This just moves dust, it does not clean it.
  • Candles/scented sprays/air fresheners – This will only mask contaminants at best and can even negatively impact IAQ.
  • Cheap air filters – If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Need advice from an IAQ professional? Call us at QDI – (610) 600-1108.