Indoor Air Quality

EPA

WHOLE HOUSE QUALITY INDOOR AIR SOLUTIONS

The importance of reducing levels of contaminants in the home.

The air inside a typical home is up to 5 times dirtier than the air outside! The same insulation and seals that keep warm or cold air inside your home, also keep in chemicals and particulates. These materials can emanate from a number of household products and cleaners found throughout the home*.

Everyone has a physical tolerance level for airborne chemicals and particulates. Some people have a higher tolerance than others for dirty air, but it affects everyone. Children whose respiratory system is still developing are at greater risk of asthma or allergies if they are exposed to many airborne contaminants. Increased levels of contaminants in the air can even affect the well-being of fully developed, healthy adults. The higher the level of contaminants in the air, the quicker a person can reach their tolerance level. Then the contaminants could start to damage their respiratory system and their general health.

The key is to reduce the amount of contaminants taken into the body. This can be done by reducing the number of particles in the air. HEPA filtration is a standard developed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and is used to remove microscopic particles from the air. HEPA filtration in the home will reduce the number of contaminants in the home. The higher airflow of the HEPA filtration system, the quicker the levels will drop.

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Ultra-fine particles are called "respirable" particles because they are inhaled in the lungs and are small enough to bypass the human body's defense mechanisms. According to the American Lung Association, "While larger particles (greater than 10 microns in diameter) get caught in the nose and throat, and are cleared naturally by coughing or swallowing, particles smaller than 10 microns in diameter are easily inhaled into the lungs. Of these, the smallest particles are most likely to reach the alveoli, where they can remain embedded for years, or in the case of soluble particles, be absorbed into the bloodstream."

If you can answer yes to two or more of the following questions, you may want to take steps to improve the IAQ of your home:

  • Does anyone in your family suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems?
  • Do they notice that their symptoms (headaches, fatigue, nasal congestion, sore throat, etc.) are worse at night or in the morning?
  • Does any family member have immune system problems or illness?
  • Do you have an infant child or elderly family member?
  • Is there a smoker in the house?
  • Are there any pets?
  • Do you notice a stale or musty odor when the furnace or air conditioner runs?
  • Do you notice dust on furniture shortly after cleaning?
  • Is your home new?
  • Is your home more than 10 years old?
  • Does dirt or dust accumulate on your supply or return air grills?

Source Removal

IAQ experts now estimate that more than 70% of all indoor air quality problems involve the operation and/or maintenance of HVAC systems. Like any other part of a home or building, dirt, dust and other particulates can accumulate on system components and in ductwork. Studies have shown that even a thin coating of dirt and dust on critical HVAC components can significantly reduce energy efficiency.

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