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Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

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What are the Indoor Air Quality Solutions?

How to best improve indoor air quality depends on the specific problem. For example, dust in the home requires a completely different solution than carbon monoxide or mold. Different indoor air pollution problems require different solutions. That said, the first step to indoor air quality solutions always involves implementing a source control strategy.


There are four steps to improve indoor air quality:


  • Source Control
  • Filtration
  • Ventilation
  • Purification (air cleaning methods other than filtration)



SOURCE CONTROL: THE FIRST STEP of indoor air quality solutions


Source control is a technical term for reducing or removing individual sources of indoor air pollution. Source control is typically the most effective way to improve indoor air quality. When our experts provide indoor air quality solutions for your specific home, these areas may be ones that we focus on:




Special attention should be given to sealing any penetrations between the attic and living area to improve indoor air quality. The reason why is that a high volume of dangerous pollutants may be present in the attic and seep into the living area.


HVAC System


HVAC and indoor air quality

HVAC and indoor air quality


The HVAC system is often the primary source of contamination of the indoor environment. Proper air conditioner design and engineering along with installation affect the efficiency of the system and its ability to filter the air. 


Common reasons for the indoor air pollution are:


  • Leaks occur on the return ducts and pull contaminants into the living area
  • Supply duct leakage create negative pressure within the home, bringing in contaminants
  • Dirty blowers and evaporator coils distribute contaminants
  • Dust, debris, and moisture get trapped in air ducts
  • Condensation forms and is a breeding ground for mold and algae
  • Improperly sized HVAC system creates unfavorable conditions for mold growth


By ensuring your heating and air conditioning systems work effectively, you are taking steps to remove potentially harmful pollutants from your home and, in turn, improve indoor air quality.


Chemical Products


Select products that are certified for low chemical emissions or VOCs (volatile organic compounds), such as:

  • Low VOC wall paint
  • Low VOC household cleaners
  • Low VOC building products




Carpeting, padding, and adhesives can release harmful VOCs. Dirt, dust, bacteria, dander, and other contaminants can settle deep into the carpets. Thus, indoor air quality solutions may focus on removing carpets, cleaning them, or replacing with an alternative material.


Vacuum Cleaners


As vacuum cleaners exhaust inside the living room’s air, they often create more problems than they solve. Instead, better indoor air quality solutions include using a central vacuum system that exhausts to the outside.


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Source Control as a Highly Effective Step


Source control can reduce every kind of indoor air pollution, from particles and bioaerosols to VOCs, gasses, and humidity.


At LiveWell, our primary goal is to find the source(s) of contaminants and resolve the issue at its core. Compare this strategy to a regular air conditioning contractor who usually tries to filter the dust without addressing where the dust originates. Our experts treat the disease, rather than the symptoms.


The second step (after the source of indoor air pollution is identified sealed and resolved) is air filtration.


AIR FILTRATION: THE SECOND STEP of indoor air quality solutions


Air Filters

Air Filters

Air filters are useful for removing dangerous compounds from the air in living spaces. The two types of air filters are:


  • A particulate air filter that removes solid particulates, such as dust, pollen, mold, and bacteria, to improve indoor air quality
  • A chemical air filter consisting of an absorbent or catalyst for removing of airborne molecular contaminants, such as VOCs


We suggest and install the best kind of filter for the situation on a case-by-case basis. Next is ventilation, and it is one of the indoor air quality solutions we may suggest for you and your family.


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VENTILATION: THE THIRD STEP of indoor air quality solutions


Kitchen Fan. Ventilation

Ventilation. Kitchen Fan is installed after source of indoor air pollution is treated.

Proper ventilation is essential for the best indoor health possible. But, ventilation only lessens the presence of pollutants, rather than removing the source. Thus, it is vital to treat the source of indoor air pollution before adding ventilation.


Reducing concentrations of pollutants is possible by installing multiple spot ventilation fans. Three common examples are:

  • Bathroom fans
  • Kitchen hood
  • Clothes dryer


The fan can move air into the return-air side of an HVAC system to help improve indoor air quality. Fresh air intake periods can be controlled with or without an electronic damper, depending on your situation. The balanced ventilation system, which is fan driven for air in and out of the home, is called an energy recovery ventilator (ERV).


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AIR PURIFICATION: THE FOURTH STEP of indoor air quality solutions


Additional ways to solve indoor air quality problems include:


Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI). This disinfection method that uses short-wavelength UV light to destroy biological pollutants, such as viruses, bacteria, allergens, and molds, that are airborne or growing on HVAC surfaces. They may exist on cooling coils, drain pans, or ductwork. If used, they should be applied with, but not as a replacement for, filtration systems.


Ozone Generators.They intentionally make ozone use UV light or an electrical discharge. As ozone can irritate the lungs and have harmful effects on health, ozone generators are not always safe to use. Furthermore, when they do not go above public health standards, they prove ineffective at regulating indoor air pollution.


Instead of ozone generators, consumers should focus on methods that have been tested as safe and effective at lowering the amount of indoor air pollution. These techniques may control or eliminate pollutant sources, while simultaneously improving  air filtration and ventilation.


At LiveWell, our focus is to improve indoor air quality by reducing or controlling indoor air pollution. We provide the best indoor air quality solutions within your unique home to achieve the overarching goal of creating a safe and healthy house for you and your family.


Breath well, live well!


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