Air conditioning isn’t just about heating and cooling your home or office, it’s also about improving the indoor air quality (IAQ) of an environment.
As we spend as much as 90 per cent of our time indoors this indoor air quality can have a major impact on our health and wellbeing in both the short and long term.
Here’s an insight into air quality and the role air conditioning plays in improving your indoor environment.
What is indoor air quality?
Put simply, indoor air quality is the purity of the air we breathe within an indoor environment and it can be impacted by a host of pollutants that often go unseen.
Factors that affect air quality include:
- Dust mites
- Cleaning and cooking products
- Carpet fumes
- House paint
- Cigarette smoke
Meanwhile, even appliances and fixtures like stoves, heaters and fireplaces can affect the quality of the air we breathe through the carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide that they emit.
Why indoor air quality matters
In Australia, poor indoor air quality is estimated to cost the nation as much as $12 billion a year. That’s partly due to short-term impacts which affect our productivity like headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, and allergies, but also due to more serious and long-term health effects.
A 2016 UK study found poor air pollution was linked to illnesses like stroke, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and changes associated with dementia.
And in the US, recent comparative risk studies performed by the US EPA and its Science Advisory Board have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.
How to improve your indoor air quality
There are a host of ways to improve indoor air quality. These range from limiting pollutants to improving ventilation and utilising your air-conditioner.
The top tips include:
- Limiting areas that attract dust and dust mites such as carpets, rugs and soft furnishings
- Regularly vacuuming and keeping your home dust-free
- Being mindful of the cleaning products you use and ensuring they have low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
- Limiting the burning of candles, incense, and wood fires inside
- Using an exhaust fan while cooking
- Increasing ventilation
How an air-conditioner can assist
Adequate ventilation plays a major role in improving air quality, but not all homes, or commercial premises have the luxury of opening their doors and windows to allow in clean fresh air, and in many cases the outdoor temperature is simply too hot or cold for this to be an option.
In this case, an air-conditioner can assist.
Air-conditioners help improve indoor air quality by:
- Reducing mould by providing the right level of humidity
- Providing consistent and adequate ventilation
- Cleaning the air by removing allergens and pollutants
- Maintaining an ambient temperature that is comfortable to work or reside in.
Air conditioners can also boast additional features that are specifically designed to purify the air and improve indoor air quality. These units can include the ability to break down mould and bacteria or remove carbon monoxide ad other allergens from the air inside your home or workplace.
If indoor air quality is a priority for your home or office environment, Climacool is available to assist.
Servicing the greater Sydney region, Climacool Air Conditioning prides itself on superior service and quality workmanship.
We work with the leading brands in the field of heating and cooling, and have an enviable reputation for meeting the needs of our valued commercial clientele in air conditioning installation, service, and repairs.