Indoor Air Quality

Is the air in your home making you or your family sick?

Air pollution is something that concerns pretty much everyone, but we tend to think pollution only exists outside. In reality, there is pollution inside your home as well as many other things!

“Indoor air pollutants can be as much as 2-4 times, sometimes 100 times higher than the level of outdoor pollution. Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks.” – Environmental Protection Agency

There are three major indoor air quality factors that contribute to the dirty air around you: airborne particles, biological contaminants, gases and odors.

What are airborne particles?

Dust, pollen, dirt, pet dander, insulation and carpet fibers are all airborne particles. Particles are often the largest of the pollutants, but are not visible to the naked eye. Dust and pollen are the two major particles that cause hay fever. Dust is essentially tiny pieces of everything that exists in, or moves through, your home. Pollen consists of airborne particles released from trees and other plant life.

Common house dust is far nastier than you think. Depending on the makeup of your household, it can contain a microscopic concoction of pet dander, pollen, mold spores, fungus, bacteria, bits of rotted plants and dead insects. But that’s not everything! It can also contain millions of dust mites whose waste is a leading trigger of asthma, eczema and allergic inflammations.

What are biological contaminants?

Biological contaminants are: mold spores, dust mites, viruses, fungi, bacteria, yeasts, and algae.

Also known as bioaerosols, they can be living or non-living organisms. Because they are so small, these contaminants can get past the body’s natural protective filters in the nose and upper respiratory tract. In so doing, they can reach the lungs and are highly allergenic. They can be found any place dust is present, especially accumulating in items like bedding, upholstered furniture and draperies.

What gases and odors exist indoors?

Gases can be produced by many sources: gas ovens, space heaters, water heaters, furnaces, carpets, fireplaces, garages, cleaning products, furniture, paint, pesticides, and cooking. Gases can include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Carbon monoxide can be a result of back drafting heating appliances, poorly maintained fossil fuel heating systems, faulty chimneys, gas cooking appliances, cigarette smoking and idling cars in an attached garage. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) include formaldehyde originating from building products, carpet backings, insulation, home furnishings, paint, cleaning chemicals, air fresheners and much more.

Beware Cheap Air Filters!

Cheap, flat or panel air filters used in residential HVAC systems are designed to provide minimal protection of the equipment from the buildup of unwanted debris, not to improve indoor air quality.

Their low efficiency on small airborne particles allows them to pass right through the filter. Smaller particles include viruses, bacteria, mold spores, pet dander and dust mite allergens.

MERV-11 Filter
MERV Filter/MERV: Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value Measures a filter’s ability to “catch” particles as they pass through the filter at any given air speed.

“Medium efficiency filters with a MERV of 5 to 13 are reasonably efficient at removing small to large airborne particles. Filters with a MERV between 7 and 13 are likely to be nearly as effective as true HEPA filters at controlling most airborne indoor particles.” ~ Environmental Protection Agency

Taking Your Indoor Air Quality A Step Further…

Here are the solutions we offer to solve many of your indoor air problems. We highly recommend any of these solutions for allergy & asthma sufferers as well as immune compromised individuals.

The Air Scrubber Plus by Aerus substantially reduces odors, visible smoke in the air, surface contaminants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pet dander, and dust utilizing the ActivePure® Technology. ActivePure consists of a special UV light and photocatalyst target, creating an Advanced Oxidation Process containing several friendly oxidizers.

The Lennox PureAir system reduces concentrations of pollutants through a combination of hospital-grade filtration and a process called photocatalytic oxidation.

PureAir technology involves three steps:

  1. The Precision Pleat MERV 16 filter captures particles and bioaerosols as small as 0.01 micron, removing them from the airstream, contaminants standard filtration systems simply cannot stop.
  2. As the odor and chemical vapor-filled airstream flows over the UVA lamps, the airstream is exposed to the catalytic surface (titanium-dioxide coated PureAir insert).
  3. The light energy and catalyst work together to break down odors and chemical vapors into harmless carbon dioxide and water.

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