The Importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor Air Pollutants and Health

According to the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality can impact your health by contributing or causing chronic lung disease, lung cancer or the development of infections.  Certain people are at greater risk than others, for example people with a lung disease face a greater risk when exposed to poor indoor air quality. The following items are listed on the American Lung Association’s website as contributing to poor indoor air quality:

  • Asbestos
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Building and paint products
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Carpets
  • Cleaning supplies and household chemicals
  • Cockroaches
  • Dust mites and dust
  • Floods and water damage
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Mold and dampness
  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Pet dander
  • Radon
  • Residential wood burning
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Volatile Organic Compounds

Although there are specific remedies for many of the contributing factors listed above for poor air quality. For more information on the treatment of the other conditions above in relation to lung issues see the American Lunch Association’s website.

The installation of a good media filter as well as test and seal the existing ductwork to keep contaminants at bay are good options to start to filter the indoor air.   Cold Craft, Inc. typically fulfills these requests mainly in the spring and fall for a variety of reasons but mostly as a result of allergies.  Contact us at 408.374.7292 www.coldcraft.com for more information.