5 Facts Everyone Needs to Know About Indoor Air Quality

When we think about air pollution, most often outdoor air quality comes to mind. However, Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors. This means the quality of the air inside our homes, offices and schools impacts us more than the outdoor air quality. Know what contributes to indoor air quality and how to improve the air we breathe most often.

Many factors contribute to indoor air quality, including your HVAC system. Here at J&W Heating and Air we want our clients to understand the risks of poor indoor air quality and help find solutions to clean up the air in your home.


5 Facts Everyone Needs to Know About Indoor Air Quality:


  1. Indoor Air Quality is Worse Than Outdoor

We spend most of our time inside sleeping, relaxing, attending school or working. Unfortunately, indoor air quality is worse than outdoor air quality. According to the EPA, indoor air pollutants are two to five times higher than the outdoor air pollutant concentration level. In fact, the EPA ranks indoor air pollution as a Top 5 Environmental Danger.

Most of us can’t change the amount of time we spend inside; therefore, we must integrate solutions into our indoor environments to identify and improve the contributors of poor indoor air quality. Houseplants have been found to absorb toxins from the air helping to create cleaner air in the home. This and other solutions are available improve indoor air quality.


  1. Indoor Air Pollution Leads to Negative Health Effects

Oftentimes, people don’t realize the negative health issues they’re dealing with is tied to poor indoor air quality. Short-term issues like watery eyes, throat irritation, dizziness or headache can be attributed to poor air quality and often go away when the person is no longer in that environment.

Unfortunately, poor air quality also causes long-term health problems that may not be detected for several years like respiratory disease, heart disease or cancer. This means you shouldn’t wait until you experience a problem to deal with low air quality in your home. Start now to prevent future health issues.


  1. Level of Indoor Pollutants Have Increased in Recent Years

In recent years, the level of indoor pollutants has increased. The EPA suggests this is due to new products entering homes like energy efficient construction that lacks necessary ventilation. While the temperature inside remains more stable, the air does not filter as well.

Other factors impacting the recent increased levels of indoor pollutants are the vast number of products made with synthetic materials and chemicals entering our homes, offices and schools. While these products do add benefits to consumers, they often have the downside of polluting the air.


  1. Indoor Air Pollution Isn’t Usually Obvious

Unless you’re using a product with strong fumes, indoor air pollution isn’t usually obvious. While products like paints, cleaners and gasoline have a strong smell to indicate the product could be an irritant, other dangerous substances may have no odor. This means your family could be at risk for the negative effects without you knowing.


In fact, one in 15 homes in the U.S. has elevated odorless radon levels. Radon derives from the breakdown of uranium in the soil that then enters the air we breathe. Breathing radon causes lung cancer and is now considered the second largest contributor of lung cancer.


  1. Common Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

Many factors contribute to poor indoor air quality. As mentioned above, radon from the ground leads to long-term life-threatening health effects. Also, build-up of mold, dust and bacteria around your home and in the ventilation system negatively impacts air quality.


Other common items we bring into our homes also cause air pollution inside our homes. These include:

  • Smoke from tobacco, fireplaces or kerosene heaters
  • Building materials like carpets, cabinets and pressed wood
  • Chemicals in the form or cleaning supplies, glue, beauty products, candles and home office products
  • Pet dander


Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Thankfully, we don’t have to settle for poor indoor air quality. From simple, inexpensive solutions to costlier home maintenance, tackle air quality with these helpful suggestions.

  • Dust regularly to remove dander and dirt from surfaces
  • Schedule regular HVAC maintenance
  • Remove chemical contaminants and replace with healthier options
  • Install better ventilation systems
  • Clean or replace your home air filter
  • Open windows and doors to allow fresh air inside
  • Install a radon mitigation system


Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Clean up the air in your home! Start by scheduling HVAC maintenance and duct cleaning. Duct cleaning helps to remove pet dander, dust, mold, bacteria and other irritants from your home’s duct system. One study found that HVAC duct cleaning helps to improve indoor air quality by lowering the amount of unwanted particles in the air. When your duct system is clean, the air coming through your vents is cleaner leading to cleaner overall air throughout your home.

Contact the experts at J&W Heating and Air to schedule your HVAC maintenance. We offer two convenient preventive maintenance plans to help you stay on top of your HVAC maintenance. Sign up today and start breathing easier.

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Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
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Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
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James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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