Indoor air quality issues naturally develop over time. The severity of indoor air quality issues depends on a large number of factors, including location, season, lifestyle, activities, condition of HVAC equipment, and presence of building components and furnishings. Any of these issues can create IAQ problems or perpetuate existing ones that negatively impact your health.
For example, pollen can be a major IAQ concern for specific areas during the spring, particularly to individuals who suffer from allergies. Lifestyle can seriously impact indoor air quality; if a homeowner smokes indoors, the quality of the air in the home suffers severely.
The condition of the HVAC equipment is an important factor in determining a building’s indoor air quality. Leaky or dirty ductwork can compromise the quality of the air you breathe. Finally, building components and furnishings are unexpected contributors to poor indoor air quality due to their release of volatile organic compounds, which are dangerous to your health.