Why does indoor air quality matter?
Simply put, because you’re breathing the stuff in – naturally, you’ll want to ensure that it’s clean and healthy!
Long-term exposure to low-quality, dirty air can lead to a range of problems:
- Breathing issues
- Eye irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Coughing fits
Indoor air quality (IAQ for short) doesn’t only affect your health however. It also affects how comfortable you feel at home or work. The consequences of bad air can even hit you in the wallet!
The 4 horsemen of poor air quality (and how air conditioning helps!)
When people think of air quality, their minds generally go towards things like dust, debris and airborne bacteria.
While these are important for air quality, they aren’t the only things that can negatively impact the air you breathe.
If you ask us, indoor air quality encompasses anything that might adversely affect your comfort. Quality, clean air lends itself to easy breathing, good health and comfort – unless it ticks all three boxes, it doesn’t count!.
As such, poor indoor air quality is a combination of several factors, including…
1) Airborne particles
If we’re going to start anywhere, we may as well start with the most obvious suspects:
- Mould spores
- Airborne bacteria
- Certain chemicals
Each of these can linger in your air, causing adverse health effects and impacting indoor air quality.
Luckily for you, your air conditioner comes with in-built filters to catch these airborne annoyances. When your air conditioning system sucks in warm air to convert into cool air, these filters catch any airborne pollutants.
As a result, the air it pumps back out isn’t just cool and refreshing, but also fresher and cleaner too!
Of course, with the entire process hinging on your air conditioner filters, it’s imperative that you have these filters regularly cleaned out.
Humidity isn’t just uncomfortable – it’s also a major player in indoor air quality.
The recommended level of humidity is between 30% and 50% relative humidity. Any higher can have adverse health effects by making it hard to breathe.
Not only that, they can also facilitate the spread of bacteria, mould and mildew, making the problem even worse.
Luckily, most HVAC systems contain the same components you’ll find in a dedicated dehumidifier.
As such, they’re more than capable of humidity regulation and dehumidification.
In fact, the very first air conditioners weren’t created with the goal of maintaining a comfortable temperature. Rather, they were created to remove humidity (and by extension, improve air quality) – cooling was just a welcome side-effect!
At Tri-Tech, we operate under a slightly different definition of indoor air quality: in addition to being clean, quality air is also easy-to-breathe and comfortable.
Needless to say, a foul-smelling home or workplace doesn’t exactly fit in with that goal!
The same filters that are responsible for removing airborne pollutants are also responsible for filtering out foul odours.
Additionally, many systems come with a “ventilation” mode. What this does is turn on a fan that sucks up smelly air in your home and exhausts it out of the building, replacing it with outside air.
No home is immune to airborne particles, odours or humidity. Most homes and businesses however have adequate ventilation, which helps cycle air out of your property and replace them with outside air, improving overall air quality.
As such, poor ventilation is one of the biggest drivers behind poor indoor air quality.
Without adequate ventilation, your building has no way to refresh air. This leaves inside air feeling muggy, humid and full of airborne particles – the exact opposite of what makes for “quality” indoor air.
Does your home have poor ventilation? If so, your air conditioner might be able to pick up the slack.
As we mentioned above, many HVAC systems come with ventilation functions – it’s in the name, after all (HVAC = Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning).
Tri-Tech is your go-to team for air conditioning installation in Brisbane
Healthy, clean air has a huge impact on how comfortable your home is. It directly impacts how your staff perform, and can impact your bottom line.
Luckily, air conditioning installation can help you out in the fight against bad air!
Tri-Tech specialises in air conditioning installation in Brisbane. Using our 30 years of experience, quality workmanship and leading air conditioning brands, our mobile tech-team create tailored air conditioning solutions for homes and businesses that guarantee air quality and comfort.