(IAQ) Indoor Air Quality Infographic

Does your family suffer from frequent asthma and allergy attacks? You may be suffering from poor indoor air quality! Learn how to easily improve the quality of your indoor air by following our room-by-room indoor air quality infographic.

Indoor Air Quality Infographic:

Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Infographic

There are many sources of indoor air pollution in your home, including tobacco products, fuel-burning appliances, building materials, paint, cleaning products, HVAC systems, and outdoor sources, such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution. For more information on these various sources of indoor air pollution, see the Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environments Division.

If you are interested in having an INDOOR AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENT for your home, don’t hesitate to give Larry & Sons a call! We specialize in ventilation, humidity levels, and indoor air quality. Our main goal is to make you comfortable and keep it that way!

We have over 60 years of experience working with customers in Hagerstown and the surrounding areas to make sure that the humidity and air quality are at safe and comfortable levels.

If you are interested in an air cleaner, let us know. We can go over the different types of mechanical and electronic air cleaners and the pollutants that each type can target. Most heating and cooling systems are not designed to work with a true HEPA filter, so installing an air cleaner is the only way to get the benefit of a high-efficiency filter.

Contact us for a licensed, background checked, and drug-free expert able perform nearly any home service you need. We offer installation, repair, and maintenance on heating, air conditioning, geothermal, solar, and indoor air quality systems. The best way to improve indoor air quality is to have a licensed professional do a whole-inspection test.

With our maintenance plan, we’ll remind you of your annual heating and cooling tune-ups, provide 15 % off all repairs and inspections, and much more! Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more useful information and how-to’s.

Love is in the Air: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Love & Indoor Air Pollutants - Improve Indoor Air Quality

Love is in the air, but so are harmful indoor air pollutants. Make sure that the only sickness you feel this Valentine’s Day is lovesickness by learning how to improve you indoor air quality in your home. Larry & Sons is here to help you and yours breathe easy this Valentine’s Day and beyond, call us to have a licensed indoor air quality profession test your home’s air quality and provide the best solution for your home.

Indoor Air Quality Problems

As it can’t actually be seen by the human eye, we don’t often think about the quality of the air we breathe. But just because we can’t see the harmful contaminants in the air, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. If you suffer from asthma, allergies, frequent headaches or nasal congestion, just to name a few consequences, odds are, you also have poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

The quality of the air we breathe is determined by our surroundings. First ask yourself, “Where am I spending most of my time?” With life being as fast paced and hectic as it is, you might be unsure of where you spend the majority of your time. The EPA reports that a person spends, on average, 90% of their time indoors, where the concentration of some pollutants are can be 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations (Wow!). It may be a more difficult task to improve, say, the indoor air quality of a corporate office building because you have little control over that; however, you CAN start by tackling your home.

Common Indoor Air Pollutants

While it may take an entire group or population to improve the quality of our outdoor air, it only takes determination, persistence and a licensed, trained IAQ expert to improve indoor air quality. Let’s start by identifying common indoor air pollutant, according to the Center for Disease Control:

  • Molds
  • Pollen
  • Dander from pet fur
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fumes emitted by imported drywall
  • Carbon monoxide that comes from burning propane, other gases and fuels, and charcoal
  • Household products such as cleaners and pesticides

Pollutants vary, but this at least gives you a basic idea of what the perpetrators of poor indoor air quality are. If you have a pet, especially one that constantly sheds fur, make sure to check your air filter frequently and change the air filters every 30 days. Have plenty of backup air filters available and consider setting an alarm on your phone for the first of the month to help you remember.

What Can I Do to Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Excellent question! Breathing cleaner air takes work – hard work, but it isn’t impossible. The first step to breathing cleaner air is scheduling an appointment with a licensed and trained indoor air quality expert. By learning how to improve indoor air quality for you and your family, you’ll be able to minimize asthma attacks, headaches, and nausea while also lessening the chances of suffering from heart disease, respiratory disease, and cancer. In the meantime, here are some steps you can take before our team arrives to improve the air quality today:

  • Clean your home often and with environmentally friendly products (pay special attention to dust and pet fur).
  • Open windows or run air conditioning systems to let fresh air in.
  • Keep mold away by repairing water leaks promptly (consider having a plumber do a thorough leak detection test).
  • Minimize use of bug spray and only use outside.
  • Never smoke indoors.
  • When cleaning mold, use detergent and water or a mix of no more than 1 cup of bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water. Do not use mix bleach with ammonia.
  • If you smell gas, leave the building immediately. Do not light any flames or sparks.

Love Your Air Quality

Larry & Sons is here to help you and yours breathe easy this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Call us to have a licensed, indoor air quality profession test your home’s air quality and provide the best solution for your home. With nearly 60 years of experience servicing customers in the tri-stat area, we are confident you will be in love with the improved air quality in your home when we’re done – give us a call today!