If you’re like most Nashville residents, you spend the overwhelming majority of your time indoors. That’s one reason why poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can be a serious health hazard.
The good news is that you can readily take steps to control or minimize indoor air pollution, thereby reducing health risks and improving your quality of life.
Nashville Indoor Air Quality Products for Residential, Commercial & Industrial
What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality “refers to the quality of the air in a home, school, office, or other building environment,” especially as it pertains to the health and comfort of inhabitants.
Common Sources of Air Pollutants:
Most of the pollutants that affect IAQ come from indoor sources.
The most common natural sources include:
- Pet dander
Other common sources include:
Combustion sources, including everything from tobacco smoke to the combustion byproducts of heating systems and appliances.
Consumer products, including pesticides and insecticides, cleaning supplies, and personal care products, all of which can introduce chemicals into the air.
Building materials, including newly installed flooring, upholstery or carpet, as well as lead and asbestos.
Outdoor air can also affect indoor air quality, as when outdoor air pollutants enter through open doors, windows and ventilation systems. Another common way in which outdoor pollutants are introduced comes when people bring soils and dust into their home or workplace, typically on their clothes and shoes.
Finally, climate and local weather conditions can also affect IAQ. For example, high temperatures and Nashville’s frequently humid climate increase the potential for indoor moisture and mold growth, (assuming it’s not controlled by air conditioning and adequate ventilation).
Effects of Poor IAQ on Health & Comfort
The effects of subpar indoor air quality are often felt almost immediately.
- Common health effects include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Irritation of the eyes, nose or throat
- Coughing and shortness of breath
Many different indoor air pollutants, including dust mites, mold, pet dander and tobacco smoke can compromise one’s ability to breathe or even trigger asthma attacks.
But the likelihood of an immediate reaction to indoor air pollutants depends on a wide range of factors, including age, pre-existing medical conditions and an individual’s sensitivity to a particular pollutant. Reports and studies indicate that children and the elderly are disproportionately at risk, and individuals who are most susceptible to the impacts of poor IAQ tend to spend the most time indoors.
On the other hand, health impacts of poor IAQ aren’t always immediately apparent, as they can cause or contribute to the development of respiratory disease, heart disease and cancer, which may be experienced relatively soon after exposure—or many years in the future.
Jewell Mechanical Can Help Improve Your IAQ
At Jewell Mechanical we specialize in addressing IAQ issues and utilize a wide range of solutions for home, business and industrial that include:
- Air Quality Monitors
- UV Light Treatment
- Dehumidification and Humidification
- Other IAQ Devices
Air Quality Monitors
UV Light Treatment
Dehumidification and Humidification
iWave Air Purifier Benefits and Features
That includes iWave Air Purifiers, which mount inside your HVAC unit or ductwork, depending on the model you choose. iWave Air Purifiers are self-cleaning air purifiers that install in any HVAC system and kill mold, bacteria and viruses while also reducing allergens and odors. (A Fresh Aire UV light—an ultraviolet light kit that kills ninety-nine percent of airborne and surface contaminants in an HVAC system—is often used in conjunction with an iWave air purifier.)
Other IAQ Devices
Nashville Business and Industrial IAQ Solutions
At Jewell Mechanical we also offer IAQ systems and solutions for all manner of commercial and industrial spaces, including:
- Dentist and doctor’s Offices
- Day care centers
- Retail shops
- Manufacturing facilities
What Should You Do If You Suspect Your Home or Business Has an IAQ Problem?
Schedule an appointment with Jewel Mechanical. We can help you determine if you have an IAQ issue. Then we will work with you to address the issue(s) in question and also prevent future IAQ problems.
In the meantime, you may find the following indoor air quality tips to be helpful:
Avoid smoking inside your home or business
Use proper ventilation when painting or utilizing cleaning materials
Conduct regular radon and carbon monoxide testing
Perform regular HVAC system maintenance
Things You Can Do to Prevent Future IAQ Issues
- Clean your home or business on a regular basis
- Bathrooms and kitchens should be equipped with exhaust fans that are vented to the outdoors
- Clothes dryers should be vented outdoors
- Attics and crawl spaces should be ventilated to prevent moisture build-up
- Water damaged carpet should be thoroughly cleaned and dried
Have Questions About IAQ?
Call Jewel Mechanical and one of our specialists will answer your questions and work with you to find solutions that can reduce the pollutants, allergens, chemicals and bacteria that may be affecting your indoor air quality.
Contact us today to discuss how we can address your needs, or call us at 615-469-5965.