Common Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality in Atlanta

Posted by David Roussel

Indoor air quality is a bigger issue in Atlanta than most people realize. Think about how much time you spend indoors. There are all kinds of contaminants and particles that float around in the air inside your home. In fact, the EPA has ranked indoor air quality in the top 5 environmental health risks. We’ve assembled a list of some of the leading causes of poor indoor air quality that we see in our customers’ homes. If you are experiencing any of these problems listed in the post, we suggest that you call your local Atlanta indoor air quality specialist.

Inadequate Ventilation

Having a properly ventilated house that allows for fresh outdoor air to get in is critical in maintaining good indoor air quality. If the air in your home is not circulated with fresh outside air, pollutants can build up and exacerbate allergy symptoms. Of course, you don’t want outdoor air to come in through cracks in your ducts or air leaks in your window seals. Your air conditioning specialist can advise you on how to properly ventilate your house.

Dirty Ducts

If you have a forced air heating and air conditioning system, it uses a series of ducts to move air throughout your house. Obviously, over time the ductwork can get dirty and will need to be cleaned. Without proper maintenance and cleaning, your ducts can become a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and dust. These contaminants may get blown around your house and into your air supply.  Regular cleaning of your ducts can prevent the buildup of dust, mold spores, and other indoor air pollutants.

Humidity Level

The humidity level in your home can also have a huge impact on the quality of air inside the home. When humidity is too high, mold can start to grow in high moisture and oxygen-rich conditions. The dark and musty environment inside air ducts or the attic is ideal for mold growth when there are high humidity levels. When your air is too dry, it can also create breathing problems, or even damage to wooden furniture and floors. . Using a whole home humidity control system can help keep your indoor humidity at desirable levels.

For all your Atlanta indoor air quality needs, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at South Air.

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