Watch for These IAQ Concerns in At-Home Gyms

Watch for These IAQ Concerns in At-Home GymsIAQ concerns inside a home aren’t limited only to specific spaces. Any activity occurring anywhere within the conditioned envelope of the house impacts the entire indoor environment.  Home gyms, for example, are typically dedicated rooms utilized only or mainly for workouts. Indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in the gym affect those utilizing it. Since air circulates throughout the house, however, these issues may also impact other occupants elsewhere. 

Here are a few common IAQ concerns that may begin in a home gym.

Excess Humidity

Workouts mean sweating. As humidity levels naturally rise within an enclosed gym room, indoor air quality may decline. Excess relative humidity—levels generally exceeding 60%—can trigger toxic mold contamination in the room. High humidity also supports bacteria growth and resultant odors. Inducted into the central HVAC system through return air vents, air pollutants may be spread from the gym throughout all household living spaces.  

Temperature Control

The temperature in an enclosed gym room usually rises due to body heat from exercise. As participants become less comfortable, HVAC thermostat adjustments may be made to compensate for the heat. However, these changes necessarily impact all other rooms in the entire house, and may  affect overall household comfort as well as increase cooling costs.  

Insufficient Ventilation

An important aspect of proper indoor air quality is maintaining the correct balance of oxygen and CO2. Vigorous exercise in a gym room consumes oxygen and releases lots of carbon dioxide. Low oxygen levels along with excessive CO2 in the air can make participants tire easily and reduce the benefits of the workout. Deep, heavy breathing associated with exercise also exacerbates the health effects of inhaling airborne particulates that may present in the gym such as dust, mold spores and lint as well as common household vapors like VOCs (volatile organic compounds.) 

Make sure your healthy lifestyle isn’t compromised by IAQ concerns. Ask the pros at Paitson Bros. for more ways to ensure good air quality in your home gym. We’ve served Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859. 

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