Indoor Air Quality
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How important is indoor air quality?
We’ve all heard about air pollution and how harmful it is: traffic fumes, pollen, mold, dust, soot and greenhouse gases are all well-known health hazards. But we rarely think about indoor air quality, meaning the purity of the air in the rooms where we live and work.
In addition to all the outdoor contaminants sucked in by HVAC systems, even the cleanest homes contain unseen sources that downgrade indoor air quality in Jacksonville, FL. They include:
This is why indoor air quality improvement is a vital step towards better health and more hygienic homes and workplaces.
Are there any indoor air quality standards?
There are indeed. Based on international indoor air quality guidelines drawn up by the World Health Organization (WHO), many states are drafting their own IAQ guidelines, based on a standardized Air Quality Index (AQI). In principle, an air quality score of up to 50 is rated as good, and 51 – 100 as moderate. Anything over that is unacceptable.
A quick way of measuring indoor air quality is through a handheld IAQ meter. Measuring pollutant gases, particulate matter, ventilation rates and airflows, these high-performance gadgets can identify potential IAQ issues before they balloon into major problems.
Budget-friendly appliances for air quality improvement
Professional indoor air quality testing is a fast and easy step that’s worth its weight in gold, through better health and greater peace of mind. When conducted by a licensed contractor, professional testing of indoor air quality in Jacksonville, FL costs anywhere from $300 to $600, depending on the floor size and type of analysis.
It’s important to pick an experienced contractor from among nearby indoor air quality testing companies. Familiar with local conditions, a certified technician may well suggest installing additional (and affordable!) safety measures, like wall-mounted indoor air quality monitors, UV lights, air purifiers and carbon monoxide alarms.