Indoor Air Quality Standards for Hospitals Versus Homes

AccordingIndoor Air Quality to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality ranks as one of the top five health concerns in the country. This is particularly true in institutional settings such as hospitals where indoor air quality standards can directly impact the health of patients and health care workers alike. One of the biggest risks of being a patient in a hospital is the on-going potential of picking up a hospital-acquired infection. Many of the same methods that are used to control germs in hospitals can be used in your home to control allergens and pollutants. Our experts at Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning will be happy to discuss options for improving the air quality in your home.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

If anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, you know the importance of maintaining indoor air quality standards. Some of the ways you can bolster your air quality are:

  • Clean your air ducts
  • Seal ducts
  • Vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Keep hard floors and surfaces clean
  • Use green plants to generate fresh air and add moisture to the air

Think of your heating and air conditioning system as the circulatory system in your house. Any allergens or contaminants that enter the HVAC will circulate through each room, making breathing uncomfortable for anyone with asthma or respiratory issues. Luckily, indoor air quality can be greatly improved by cleaning your air ducts (which can become laden with dust and other allergens). In addition, you should make sure that your ducts are sealed to prevent contaminants from entering.

Call to Get Started

Indoor air quality standards for a hospital are a critical issue. Although not on the same level of germ control, indoor air quality in homes is becoming a health issue, too, due to the amount of time spent indoors in tightly sealed homes. Contact Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning at 763-412-1197 to discuss your options for improving indoor air quality.

 

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