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What Is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of the air within a building, including factors like temperature, humidity, ventilation, and the presence of pollutants. Good IAQ promotes a healthy and comfortable indoor environment.

The awareness of IAQ grew as buildings became more airtight and energy-efficient, potentially leading to indoor air pollutants getting trapped. Research in the late 20th century highlighted the health effects of poor IAQ.

Modern IAQ solutions include ventilation systems, air purification technologies, and strategies to reduce pollutant sources within buildings.

People Also Ask About Indoor Air Quality

How can I improve indoor air quality in my home?

Improving IAQ can involve actions like using air purifiers, maintaining proper ventilation, using low-VOC products, changing air filters, and addressing moisture issues.

Can poor IAQ affect health?

Yes, poor IAQ can lead to health issues like respiratory irritation, allergies, asthma, and other illnesses. Proper ventilation and pollutant control are essential for maintaining good IAQ.

Can HVAC systems impact indoor air quality?

Yes, HVAC systems can impact IAQ. Regular maintenance, proper filter selection, and use of air purifiers can help improve air quality by removing allergens and pollutants.

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