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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within your home, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of you and your family. Since we spend around 90% indoors, indoor air quality has a significant impact on our health.

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF POOR IAQ

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, health problems associated with poor indoor air quality include eye irritation, allergies, headaches, and respiratory problems such as asthma. These problems can be directly related to the presence of mold and dust mite infestation.

PRECISE HUMIDITY CONTROL

One of the recognized solutions to addressing the above health issues is effective moisture control which can be accomplished with Santa Fe dehumidifiers.

Our free-standing Santa Fe dehumidifiers and Santa Fe with dedicated ducting dehumidifiers regulate humidity by removing moisture from the air. This creates living spaces comfortable for your occupants but inhospitable to dust mites, mold, and other allergens.

The Santa Fe Movement

Santa Fe’s free-standing dehumidifiers are designed for maximum circulation.

Santa Fe’s line of whole-house dehumidifiers, the Ultra Series, works with your HVAC system to circulate air throughout the home.

OPTIMIZE YOUR IAQ

SOURCE CONTROL

Eliminating or reducing pollutants

FILTRATION

Utilizing filters to remove pollutants in the air

CONDITIONING

Utilizing equipment to control air temperature and moisture levels

SPOT VENTILATION

Exhausting air from locations of moisture and pollutant generation

MECHANICAL VENTILATION

Supplying outside air (OA) to dilute indoor pollutants and refresh oxygen levels

SUPPLEMENTAL SOLUTIONS

Additional methods to improve or monitor indoor air quality

“When your home has too much humidity, it becomes a breeding ground for pests, pathogens and a trigger for indoor pollutants such as dust, pollen, mold and bacteria..”

— Chip Wade

ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, NEARLY 75% OF AMERICANS LIVE WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, EMPHYSEMA, OR ANOTHER RESPIRATORY ILLNESS.

LACK OF VENTILATION IN THE HOME CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HIGH VOC LEVELS AND POOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY.

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA & IMMUNOLOGY RECOMMENDS KEEPING HUMIDITY LEVELS BELOW 50% IN THE HOME WITH A DEHUMIDIFIER TO REDUCE DUST MITES.

IAQ & You

Temperature, dew point, and relative humidity all impact the comfort of your home. See how dehumidification and ventilation work together to promote a healthy environment for you and your family.

Does poor air quality affect your health?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, health problems associated with poor indoor air quality include eye irritation, allergies, headaches and respiratory problems such as asthma. These problems can be directly related to the presence of mold and dust mite infestation in the home. One of the recognized solutions to addressing these health issues is effective moisture control.

What is relative humidity?

Relative humidity (RH) is the amount of water vapor in the air, expressed as a percentage of the maximum amount of water that the air can hold at a given temperature.

Due to temperature variations, RH can vary dramatically. In fact, it is not uncommon to find summertime RH levels ranging from 50% to 100% in the same home. Warmer air holds more water than cooler air and for every one degree change in temperature, the RH changes by about 2%.

Let’s assume you live in a house with a basement.  If the main floor is 77°, the basement temperature may only be 67°. Even though there is only a 10° temperature difference, there is a 21% difference in RH. Because the basement temperature is closer to the 62° dew point, it will likely feel damp as well.

Homes built on a slab have a similar problem. Though the room temperature may be 77°, the temperature on the slab is much cooler. As the slab temperature approaches the dew point temperature, RH rises and condensation can form. When this occurs, mold, mildew, and other biological growth soon follows.

Other symptoms of high humidity include:

  • Musty odors
  • Allergic reactions to mold or dust mites
  • Cupped wood floors
  • Feeling sticky or clammy
  • Visible condensation or water stains
  • Peeling wallpaper or blistering paint

Where does moisture in a home come from?

There are three main sources of moisture in your home: the first source is leaks, the second is diffusion through materials, and the third is internally generated moisture.

What is air exchange? Why is it important?

The rate at which outdoor air replaces indoor air is described as the air exchange rate. When there is little ventilation, natural or mechanical, the air exchange rate is low and pollutant levels can increase.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Unless they are built with means of mechanical ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can leak into and out of the home may have higher pollutant levels than other homes. However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered leaky.”

Why ventilate?

The purpose of ventilating a home is to maintain a healthy and safe living environment.

The reason for the buildup of indoor pollution in today’s homes is a direct result of our efforts to conserve energy and save money. As the techniques and materials used to insulate and seal our homes has improved, the result is stale and polluted air trapped inside.

Common sources of indoor airborne contaminants include:

  • Chemicals used in the construction or renovation of buildings
  • Appliances that burn gas
  • Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces
  • Pets
  • Off-gassing of furniture, cabinets, flooring, and countertops
  • Infiltration of ozone, pollen, and molds from the outside
  • People
  • Cleaning supplies

How do dehumidifiers work?

Dehumidifiers regulate humidity by removing moisture from the air to create living spaces that are comfortable for people and inhospitable to dust mites, mold and other allergens.

LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW A SANTA FE DEHUMIDIFIER CAN DELIVER THE OPTIMUM IAQ FOR YOUR HOME
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