Air Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency refers to indoor air quality (IAQ) as the air quality in and around homes and buildings, especially with regards to its effects on the health of the people inside. This includes not only pollutants, but other airborne particles such as pollen and pet dander as well. Quite simply, as people spend most of their time indoors, IAQ refers to the quality of the air we breathe every day. It can be affected by many things, including various particles, gases, and microbial contaminants.

IAQ can have a serious impact on your quality of life and also your health, both in the short term and the long term. In this article, we will discuss the most common contaminants that affect IAQ, and also the health effects associated with them.

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Pet Allergens

Everyone loves pets, but pet allergens are another story. They are invisible to the naked eye, and can be extremely problematic to people with pet allergies.

Dust

Dust can be found in every building and home in the world. Though often visible, dust is in fact made up of microscopic particles, and cannot be simply dusted or swept away.

Pollen

People with seasonal allergies will be very familiar with pollen. It is a powdery substance that is released into the air by certain plants in order to pollinate nearby plants.

Mold

Mold is in every home and building in the world. However, when in large quantities, it can be very harmful to people.

Cigarette Smoke

The health effects of cigarette smoke are numerous and well-documented. Not so well-known, however, is the fact that smoke and odors can cause irritation and allergies as well.

Bacteria & Viruses

Some bacteria and viruses are airborne, and no amount of handwashing and sanitizing can totally eliminate them from the air you breathe.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic gases in the air that can be man-made or naturally occurring. They are responsible for many of the odors we smell, and can have very grave effects on our health.

Air Quality Testing

How do you know if the air you breathe is clean? Fortunately for us, there are tests that can be done at home to make sure you are not breathing in potentially harmful contaminants.

So You're Concerned About the Air You Breathe...

It might be time to consider an air purifier. Before making a decision, you need to learn about the different types and which one is best for you and your situation.