IAQ is an acronym for Indoor Air Quality. IAQ is a greater cause for concern today than in the past, since improved insulation and other energy-saving measures have meant poorer air circulation for many homes and buildings. Research shows that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside.
A well-sealed building does not have to have poor IAQ. With proper ventilation and air circulation, a building can maintain excellent air quality that can safeguard the health of those inside.
With poor IAQ, the same airborne particles are trapped and recirculated continuously throughout the building. This can lead to an unhealthy and uncomfortable indoor environment and put you and your family’s health at risk. Resulting problems can range from recurring flus and aggravated allergies to persistent coughs, headaches, and poor concentration. 1 out of 3 North American families have at least 1 person who suffers from some sort of respiratory ailment.
Another common problem that can result from poor IAQ is excess humidity. Trapped moisture can, over time, lead to serious structural damage to your home. Recently, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning reported that 90% of all building failures are related to moisture.
Different homes have different problems and different problem areas. For some homes, it might be as serious as high humidity in the attic that’s eating its way through the roof; for others, it might simply be a poorly ventilated kitchen that causes unwanted, lingering odors. Many homes have an overly damp basement that breeds molds and other unhealthy micro-organisms.
Experts as wide-ranging as doctors, medical associations, and building standards authorities believe that effective and efficient mechanical ventilation is paramount to maintaining a healthy indoor environment.