Summertime is a double-edged sword here in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s perfect beach weather – if you live close enough to the ocean, but there are many more days where you just want to sit inside and relax in the air conditioning. However, if your indoor air quality is poor or if you have excess indoor humidity, being inside isn’t quite the retreat you want. In this post, we’re going to take a look at what indoor air quality is, how indoor humidity affects it, and how you can easily manage your air quality at home.

What Is Indoor Air Quality?

This is a broad term for the “quality” of air within your home. Many of the things that affect your indoor air quality go completely unnoticed by you; while others are glaringly obvious. Asthmatics and those with seasonal allergies will be especially sensitive to air quality changes, especially those dealing with dust and pollen. Let’s take a look at how certain things impact your indoor air quality.

What Types of Things Impact Indoor Air Quality?

As we’ve mentioned, dust and pollen are big culprits; so are mold, mildew, and even pollution. But, why would there be an issue in a home with central air conditioning (like most homes here in Atlanta)? Indoor air quality issues can be traced back to a few causes, aside from the obvious ones like opening windows and doors. If your asthma, auto-immune condition, or allergies are acting up indoors, you might need to:

  • Check for drafts
  • Change your filter
  • Have a certified technician check your ductwork
  • Clean the surfaces in your home to remove excess dust
  • Have your AC unit and blower serviced

To read more about indoor air quality, check out What Is Indoor Air Quality and Why Should You Care?

How to Manage Your Indoor Humidity

You’re probably not surprised to read that indoor humidity can exacerbate indoor air quality issues. If you’ve ever smelled your system’s blown air in the bathroom after a shower, you’ll know how much of an impact it can have! Plus, Atlanta summers are simply brutal. The humidity is high nearly every day, and our air conditioning units really work overtime until the end of October and into November.

Air conditioning units already condition extra humidity out of the air. This happens naturally through condensation in the different parts of the unit. However, if you have drafty areas in your house or your air conditioner isn’t cooling the air efficiently enough, you might still have a problem with humidity in your home. Again, this would warrant a call to your local HVAC company; but if you’ve been given the all-clear, it might be time to consider some dehumidifiers in your home.

Not Sure What’s Causing That “Funk?”

If you’ve tried everything you can think of and still can’t get rid of that “funky smell,” contact the indoor air experts at Quality Air Experts Atlanta! Our expert HVAC cleaners and mechanics can help you identify where your problem is. We have air filters of all kinds and recommendations for almost every issue you could present us with. 

Contact us today!