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5 Things that Negatively Affect IAQ

5 Things that Negatively Affect IAQ

Maintaining good IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) can be tricky, especially considering what can hurt it. Certain seemingly harmless things can have a negative impact on your indoor air. Monroe homeowners should be aware of them to keep from compromising the health and comfort of your household.

The experts at Iceberg Heating & Cooling have identified 5 of the most common things that can negatively affect IAQ.

1. Construction Materials

After a simple touch-up or lengthy remodel, your IAQ may be affected by the used construction materials. Odors from paint, sawdust, thinner, and adhesive can all pollute the air with chemicals.

A common chemical found in construction materials is ethanol, more commonly known as alcohol. Ethanol found in building materials is a known VOC (Volatile Organic Compound). VOCs are chemicals that can have short or long-term health effects if inhaled. If construction materials pollute your IAQ, you could experience symptoms such as irritated eyes, chronic cough, and shortness of breath.

2. Air Fresheners

Considering their name, you would initially expect air fresheners to improve IAQ. But while they may provide a temporary sense of freshness, their effects do more harm in the long run.

Air fresheners are full of VOCs. At first, this fragrance may seemingly eliminate foul odors in the air. But an air freshener replaces these odors with chemical compounds that linger in the air. As described previously, these VOCs can lead to symptoms of sickness.

3. Clogged HVAC Filters

Always remember to change your filters! Clogged HVAC filters can leave a negative impact on your IAQ, and the problem only gets worse the longer you wait to replace them.

The point of an HVAC filter is to catch and remove contaminants from your HVAC filter. Eventually, the filter will become clogged up, requiring a replacement. Without a suitable filter, your HVAC system is blowing contaminated air, which can hurt IAQ. Worse, a clogged filter also blocks airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder and consume more energy.

4. Pesticide

Pesticides are designed to be toxic, and this effect can result in a poor IAQ. The chemicals found in a pesticide are known for being inherently dangerous. And although you may only use pesticides outside, it doesn’t necessarily stop your IAQ from being affected.

What makes pesticides notable for impacting IAQ is how easy it can enter your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pesticides can enter your home if soil was tracked from outside. Pesticides can also emit chemicals while stored in your home. Even if you seal the pesticide in a sealed container, their VOCs can still affect IAQ.

5. Pets

We all love our furry (or feathery) companions. Unfortunately, pets can contribute to a variety of negative elements to indoor air. Dogs and cats can produce pet dander, which is the animal equivalent of dandruff. Pet dander is a known allergen and, along with hair, can trigger allergies and clog filters.

Additionally, your pets can also track mud, dirt, and trash from outside.  These pollutants can stick to their fur, and the lingering bacteria can turn your home into an animal house!

When improving your IAQ, keep in mind the negative effects of certain common. However, if you are experiencing poor IAQ, be sure the problem is not your HVAC system. Iceberg Heating & Cooling offers affordable IAQ services for your Monroe home. Call us at (734) 375-1119 to schedule an appointment today!