A Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Whether you have allergies, asthma, or just like breathing top-quality air, you may be upset to learn the EPA reports that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, especially in industrial areas and large cities. 

At Cyprus Air, our goal is to ensure your home is circulating the best quality air. 

There are several common sources of pollutants within your home: Gas, oil, pet dander, wood, coal, tobacco, mold, deteriorating furnishing, damp carpet, household cleaning products, pesticides, to name a few. Now the next question is how do you solve the issue of all these pollutants gathering within the home? 

Ventilation

When were your air ducts last cleaned? How does outdoor air enter your home? If not, enough outdoor air is circulated into your home, pollutants will accumulate and sit indoors. This stagnant air will lead to health problems. Air can circulate through infiltration, natural ventilation, and mechanical ventilation. 

Infiltration is when air moves throughout your home because of differences in air temperature. In infiltration openings in the house such as through vents, openings, around windows and doors, and cracks in walls or flooring will contribute to the circulating of air in your house. Natural Ventilation comes through open windows and doors. Mechanical ventilation is air circulation through outdoor fans, room fans, like a kitchen or bathroom vent, and your HVAC system as a whole. 

Temperature

Temperature and humidity are also important factors in your indoor air quality. We recommend humidity remain at no higher than 60%. The optimal temperature for the winter is between 67 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter the optimal temperature is 70 to 80 in the summer. It is worth noting the more humid the air is in your home the more heat your home can also hold. In the winter when the air is drier, it will be more difficult for your heater to warm the air unless you have a humidifier.

Weatherize Your Home

Weatherizing your home is a process that will keep the temperate air in your home and keep the cold/hot air outside. While weatherizing your home will not add more pollutants into your home, it will provide less circulation of air inside your home. This includes caulking, installing storm windows, weather stripping, and insulation. Keep in mind that as you seal up these cracks it will decrease the overall natural ventilation of your house. But it will keep out the chill of the winter, and heat of the summer.