Explore the Links Between Normal Air Quality Index and HVAC

What’s the air pollution like in your area? Does outdoor air pollution have any impact on the air in your home? Here’s what you need to know about normal air quality index (AQI) and how it affects you.

What Is Air Quality Index?

AQI is a measurement of the air-pollution levels in a particular area. It’s measured on a scale from 0 to 500, and it includes a number of common air pollutants, from ozone to carbon monoxide. For instance, if you live in an area with heavy traffic, the smog from the nearby traffic will raise your normal air quality index. If there’s a fire, it will pollute the air even more, often causing breathing issues.

The higher the number on the AQI, the more polluted the air. Anywhere from 0 to 100 is considered a normal Air Quality Index, with safe pollution levels. Between 100 and 150 begins to affect people with asthma, heart, or lung disease and other health concerns. Between 150 and 300 is unhealthy for everyone, and anything above 300 is actually hazardous, meaning you should stay inside to avoid breathing the outdoor air.

Air Quality Index and Your Indoor Air Quality

AQI is not to be confused with IAQ, which is the quality of air inside your home. However, the two can be related. If you live in a heavily polluted area, it will affect the way you breathe in your home as well.

What can you do in your home to combat a high AQI? First, make sure your home is properly sealed and that there are no leaks where polluted outdoor air can get in. Secondly, make sure you have a good air filter in your HVAC system. The filter helps eliminate contaminants and make the air more breathable. If your area consistently has a high AQI, consider an air purifier with a HEPA filter. It can remove even more pollutants and help keep your home’s air safe and breathable.

For help dealing with normal air quality index and IAQ, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide quality home-comfort solutions to Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.

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