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How Is Indoor Air Quality Tested?

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalWednesday, March 04, 2015

Heating and air conditioning systems need regular maintenance to provide the highest standard of temperature control.

Dirty filters lower HVAC effectiveness

Is a heating and air conditioning unit putting you in jeopardy? The air we breathe can be one of the most important factors to respiratory health, and it's invisible! Since we can't see our air, other sensory factors have to inform our perception of indoor air quality.

Leading Factors in Indoor Air Quality

Humidity levels, air temperature, pollutants, and ventilation are four of the most important components to examine if you feel your comfort or health is being jeopardized by air quality. Consider these factors:

  • Humidity
  • When air is too dry, it can lead to dryness in the throat and coughing. Too much moisture in the air can be an incubator for various mold and mildew spores to grow.

  • Temperature
  • This may seem like an insignificant factor, but hot air can contribute to dry skin and vision impairment especially in an office environment. Cold air can contribute to chills and aggravate existing illnesses.

  • Pollutants
  • Dust, mold, and other common allergens can build up in the ducts of heating and air conditioning systems if they are not properly maintained. Regular upkeep and cleaning are imperative to preventing this. Recirculating these kinds of containments can contribute to respiratory illness and allergies.

  • Ventilation
  • Lack of outside air in your system can create a sense of staleness in the indoor air quality. Breathing the same air over and over again is not a refreshing experience. If you notice musty odors then the issue can probably be traced to improper ventilation.

All of these factors play an important role in the testing of indoor air quality. If your work or home environment is suffering because of these issues, contact an air quality technician and have an inspection to find the source of the problem.

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