Indoor Air Quality in the Phoenix Metro Area

The Phoenix/Scottsdale area is known for poor year-round air quality. Soot, dust, and aerosols pollute our air, causing health problems for residents, and the American Lung Association rated Phoenix-Mesa among the top 10 worst cities in the United States for ozone, year round particle pollution, and short term particle pollution.

Many homeowners assume that their homes offer protection against outdoor air pollutants. But indoor air often has higher concentrations of pollution due to a building’s smaller, confined space and the many activities and appliances that can contribute contaminants in the air you and your family breathe.

Thankfully, there are indoor air quality services and products from Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation that filter out contaminants and can help improve indoor air quality, or IAQ, in your Phoenix, AZ home, including:

The Signs of Poor IAQ

Do you or members of your family suffer from any of the following ailments, particularly when you’re inside your home?

  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin

  • Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, or shortness of breath

  • Sinus congestion

  • Hypersensitivity and allergies

  • Coughing and sneezing

Did you know that these are all common symptoms of poor indoor air quality? One of the biggest difficulties in identifying that you need IAQ services for your Phoenix, AZ home is that it’s not always obvious that your house could be directly related to the health issues you’re experiencing.

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Many common indoor air pollutants—which include mold, VOCs, dust, pollen, pet dander, carbon monoxide, bacteria, and viruses—are created or introduced into your home in ways you may not even realize, like:

  • Using household cleaning supplies

  • Off-gassing from new carpets and furniture

  • Painting

  • Creating high humidity with cooking and taking showers

  • Unsealed attic top plates and pressure imbalances in the home

How to Remove or Prevent Airborne Pollutants and Contaminants

Three of the most effective ways to promote indoor air quality are to:

  1. Dilute the concentration of pollutants, or
  2. Filter them out
  3. Prevent them from coming in

Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation installs filtration systems with breakthrough technology that removes 99.98% of airborne allergens. These systems can extract pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mildew, viruses, and bacteria from the air circulating through your HVAC system.

We also install heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators that exhaust stale or contaminated air from your home while supplying a stream of fresh, filtered and conditioned air, and our bathroom exhaust fans can keep bathroom moisture levels in check and prevent mold growth.

Our company also properly ensures attic air and dust stays in your attic by properly air sealing your attic top plates, wire and plumbing penetrations to prevent air infiltration in your home. Air sealing, coupled with proper home pressure balancing will prevent pressures from sucking dust and debris from your attic and into your home causing pollutants from entering in the first place.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is deadly when present in high enough levels. Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation installs CO detectors that safeguard your family against dangerous gas leaks.

Healthy Homes Help Keep Your Family Safe

Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation understands that the better your whole home “performs”—and this includes your heating and cooling systems, the construction of your house, and your air ventilation—the lower the risk of your home causing poor IAQ and indoor health issues. By taking steps to improve the indoor air quality of your Phoenix, Arizona house, you’re working to create a safer environment for the people living inside.

Use Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation’s HVAC services for indoor air quality improvements in your home. Contact Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation today to get started!

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