Indoor Air Quality products (IAQ) seem to be more and more talked about in our industry year over year. As a customer, you’re probably wondering which products are necessary, which ones are just good suggestions, and which ones are a complete scam.
You may be surprised to find out that a great majority of the indoor air quality products you’re seeing on the market are NOT scams. There are always exceptions, but generally, you are seeing an increase in companies talking about air quality because of how important these products can be for your family’s health. Air quality is especially important for people with asthma, allergies, or other sensitivities but every member of your family breathes the air in your home. The level of humidity, airborne mold, and other air impurities can also affect your house itself – the structure, your furniture, and the health of your humble abode.
Why Does Indoor Air Quality Matter?
Statistics show that Americans spend a minimum of 90% of their time indoors. A good portion of that time is at home, and that home is sealed pretty tight. This means that the air in your home is breathed and recycled – whatever dust particles, dead skin, bacteria, toxins that air may include are taken into your lungs. Air quality problems cleanse, purify, and prevent this issue. Your home is also stagnant, whether overly humid or overly dry, another problem air quality products can fix.
Once upon a time, our homes could breathe: they had leaky windows, doors, and attics that allowed for a house to get fresh air cycled throughout. Now, we spend so much money and time trying to seal up our homes in order to maximize energy efficiency. It’s now common to use double- or even triple-paned windows and uses ultra-seal air stripping on the windows to minimize leaks. Energy efficiency saves money on energy bills and is great for the Earth which is important. However, the more we seal up our houses, the less capable we are of bringing in the fresh air.
The goal is to have a balance: you want your home to be energy efficient and you want your air to be clean and healthy. We can help you do that.
Do I have an indoor air quality problem?
You may feel as though the air in your home is perfectly clean. The truth is, every home on Earth experiences chemical emissions from cleaning products, dust and dander circulation, humidity imbalances, airborne toxins and more. The following things could be red flags that your air needs improvement.
Symptoms of poor indoor air quality:
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Dry itchy throat
- Dry hair & dull complexion
- Chapped lips
- Coughing more than normal, especially at home
- A heavy, dirty feeling to the air
- Strange smells inside your home
How do I improve my indoor air quality?
This is where we come in! Allow Nichols & Phipps to help guide you to a solution to your unique situation. There are a lot of products on the market that make a lot of lofty claims. We take indoor air quality very seriously and want to help you find what is right for your home based on our research and history in the industry.
The Indoor Air Quality Products You Should Know About
We offer a variety of product solutions from each of these categories. We often use a combination of tools to customize a solution for the homeowner:
- Humidifiers to add moisture back into dry air
- Electronic Air Cleaners to improve the cleanliness of your indoor air
- UV Lights to clean the ducts that push air into your home
- Media Filters to further prevent unwanted particles from floating into your air
- And many more!
The indoor air quality market is vast and full of amazing products you never knew existed. We know, it is also full of non-solutions that will waste your time and money.
The best thing to do is talk to your local and trusted Heating and Cooling company (we happen to know a really good one!) so trained professionals can diagnose the problem and suggest a solution that fits what your home needs. Not every house needs every type of indoor air quality product, but in our opinion, every house needs at least one!