In an effort to help our customers in saving energy, buildings are being created and constructed increasingly more airtight. In terms of homes, storm windows, insulation, caulking and weather stripping are a few ways we have managed to keep air, hot or cold, from escaping. Unfortunately when air is trapped in a building, pollutants are also trapped.
There are three distinct types of indoor air pollutants. Particulates: dust, pollen, a number of other allergens, carpet fibers, and lint. Micro-organisms: mold, influenza, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and germs. Toxins (gases): benzene chemical vapors, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, paint, pesticides, carpet fumes, pet odors, ozone, cleaning vapors, and smoke.
There are a large number of products that can aid with symptoms, but it really depends on what you are allergic to. If dust, pet dander, or certain chemical fumes bother you, a dehumidifier and purifier can remove up to 95 percent of the particles that cause your sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes. If you are sensitive to microorganisms like mold or pollen, add UV lamps.
A consistently damp space is often a breeding ground for mold and dust mites, so you’ll experience far more allergy issues, not to mention warped wood floors and furniture and damaging condensation on windows. On the other hand, an extremely dry atmosphere promotes the growth of certain bacteria and viruses that can lead to respiratory infections, and you’ll probably notice itchy skin, dry coughing, bloody noses, sore throats, and constant jolts of static electricity.
Yes, houseplants are effective natural air purifiers—not only do they produce oxygen as they grow, but they also absorb certain toxics and help moderate humidity levels. Some types that are great for improving indoor air include English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, and Spider Plants.
There are several different air purifiers on the market; each addresses various problems, including allergens, bacteria, bad odors, and others. The common types of air purifiers include the following technologies:
When the air we breathe has a poor quality, it can affect our health and cause headaches. VOC's which are produced by paints, carpets, household cleaners or harmful chemicals can also contribute. And if you have pets you may have an even higher risk of developing a headache.
Yes, leaky ductwork and improperly sized equipment may contribute greatly to IAQ problems.