With the rise of industrialization and urbanization, air quality has become an ever-growing concern across the world. Outside, emissions from manufacturing plants, automobiles and other man-made sources have contributed to small but significant changes in the chemical composition of the air in many developed and developing regions. However, air quality is not just an outdoor issue, your indoor air quality is likely significantly worse than the outdoor air quality. Indoors, a number of factors can contribute to poor air quality, which can in turn contribute to a number of human health issues. In this guide, our experts at 1-800-anytyme discuss indoor quality — how it’s affected and contaminated, the risks it can pose to your health, and steps property owners can take to mitigate that risk. We use also provide information on our very own professional indoor air quality services available to homes and businesses in the greater San Diego, CA area. Read on to learn more, and contact our team today!
Indoor Air Quality: The Truth
While we often think of air quality as an outdoor issue, the truth is that the air inside our buildings can be just as bad, if not worse than the air outside. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports: “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” Furthermore, as most people spend the bulk of their time indoors, it is indoor quality, not outdoor quality, that has the larger influence on human health. Keep reading to learn about the many factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality in the following section.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Poor indoor air quality is the result of microscopic contaminants in an indoor air supply. These contaminants include a host of synthetic chemicals, molds, bacteria, dust, burnt material, and many other substances. They can come from a number of sources, including:
- Fuel-burning combustion appliances, such as stoves, grills, furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces
- Tobacco products
- Building materials and furnishings—including asbestos insulation, newly installed flooring, carpet, or upholstery; and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
- Chemical products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
- Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; namely those that are not regularly cleaned
- Excess moisture
- Outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and general outdoor air pollution
Can I Measure My Own Indoor Air Quality?
When inside your own home or workplace, it can be difficult to determine the quality of your air with no mechanical assistance. In fact, many families and business go years without realizing that the air inside their buildings is contaminated to a degree that can cause health problems. In recent years, technology has been designed so that we can track our indoor air quality for a reasonably priced device and an easily accessible app. For $130 – $260, you can purchase an air quality monitor, this small device is placed in the environment you wish to measure. Accurate, live data is then transmitted to your phone, allowing you to keep track of the air quality, particulate matter, temperature, humidity and chemical pollutants in your home or business.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
Now that you know the quality of your air, what can you do to improve your indoor air quality? Whether you have received less-than-desirable results from your air quality monitor or you are simply trying to preserve your indoor air, there are a number steps you can take to ensure that you have the highest indoor air quality possible.
What you need:
- An electronic air filter
- An air scrubber
- A clean duct system
The electronic air filter, in addition to catching particulates too large to pass through the filter material, the filter media is also electronically charged attracting smaller particulates to stick to it, making the whole system even more effective.
The air scrubber uses a process called photo-catalytic-oxidation to clump smaller particulates together. This means that the microscopic particulates which got through the electronic filter, once they reach the air scrubber are clumped together, becoming larger particulates, allowing the particulates to get caught in the electronic air filter the second time they cycle through your environment.
Furthermore, the air scrubber will render the remaining air contaminants inactive, killing mold, odors and other harmful substances. Not only will clean air be returned to your environment, but it will also transform the contaminants into oxidizers which are returned to the air to seek out contaminants, destroying and sanitizing the surfaces in your home or business.
For the electronic air filter and air scrubber to be most effective, you need a clean duct system. The commonly used flexible duct systems today are structured in a way that is not very accessible for cleaning purposes. Therefore, the best solution is installing a new closed duct system with the electronic air filter and air scrubber so that the duct system never gets contaminated in the first place.
Together, these three components can create a significant positive change to the indoor air quality of your environment. Call us today to discuss improving the air quality in your home or business. Here at 1-800-anytyme, we proudly offer fast, affordable, and effective installation and replacement services for air filters, air scrubbers and duct systems. If you live in the greater San Diego, CA, there is no better indoor air quality team to call. You can check out all of our cooling services.
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