Indoor Air Pollutants

4 Indoor Air Pollutants and How We Can Help Remove Them

December 18, 2021

Did you know the air supply inside your home in Tempe, AZ, can be five times worse than the outdoors? There are many objects and appliances that we use that contribute to the poor indoor air quality. Here are the common indoor air pollutants and how we can help remove them:

Asbestos

The common sources of asbestos within our homes include:

  • Oil or coal furnace gaskets.
  • Some types of insulation.
  • Heat-resistant fabrics.
  • Exterior roofing and sliding.
  • Adhesives.
  • Vinyl floor tiles.

Generally, asbestos isn’t harmful to your health; that’s why it’s still used. Problems only come when you damage or disturb it.

When interfered with, either through demolition, remodeling activities or repair, the materials containing asbestos will release microscopic fibers that you can inhale. These fibers can cause lung cancer or a condition known as mesothelioma. They’re dangerous because you won’t know you have a problem until after years of consistent inhalation.

Dealing with the asbestos problem requires two things: don’t disturb any asbestos material that’s in good shape, and seal or cover damaged asbestos material. Sealing involves treating the asbestos material with a substance that will bind or hold all the fibers together. Covering is the act of placing something over the asbestos to stop it from releasing the fibers into your environment.

Our NATE-certified service technicians can help you solve this problem by installing air purifiers, filtration systems and ventilators. Ventilators are useful in increasing the amount of fresh air in your home.

Tobacco Smoke

Smoking in or around your house, car or workplace isn’t only dangerous to you but also to other people long after you leave. A study showed that tobacco toxins could remain within your house for two months, even after installing new curtains, carpets and repainting. Moreover, passive smokers will also inhale the 70 carcinogens and 250 dangerous chemicals found in tobacco smoke.

The simplest way to get rid of this pollutant is to not smoke at all inside or near your home or your workplace. But if you did, you’ll need to replace your filters, wash all your house fabrics with hot water and detergent, repaint your home and remove the non-washable materials.

We can help with this problem by installing air cleaners, purifiers and filters. Air cleaners reduce the number of tobacco particles in the air, while air purifiers will neutralize those particles, making your indoor air fresher and healthier.

Your Household Products

Things that we use on a day-to-day basis like candles, air fresheners, personal care products, glues, solvents, paints, cleaning agents and disinfectants can emit volatile organic compounds. VOCs can build up to great levels within your home, especially if you don’t have proper ventilation. They cause nausea, headaches, eye, nose irritation, organ damage and cancer when the exposure is consistent.

The simplest way to reduce exposure is by increasing the airflow inside your home. Every time you use items that could release VOCs, ensure that all your windows and doors are open, and use something like a fan to improve circulation.

Your HVAC filters are also designed to trap, neutralize and remove the volatile organic compounds from your indoor air. Therefore, to make them more effective, ensure that you regularly replace or clean your air filters.

With regular maintenance, you can always be confident that your system is working at its best to ensure cleaner air inside your home. We can help reduce the amount of VOCs in your home by installing an advanced air cleaner that removes particles in your indoor space.

Biological Pollutants

Things like pet dander, dust mites, pollen, viruses and bacteria can significantly contaminate your indoor air. As much as you love your dog, cat or any other animal that you keep, their stay can affect people suffering from asthma in your home. They can also cause allergic reactions.

Your air filter can trap pet dander and other allergens. Ensure that you replace or clean them regularly. However, you’ll need a professional to completely eradicate the biological pollutants in your house.

We can help you reduce biological pollutants in your home by installing air filtration systems and air purifiers. Air purifies help by neutralizing things like viruses and bacteria.

If you need to check or improve your indoor air quality, contact REEis Air Conditioning today for the best services. Our expert team will work with you to find the best IAQ solutions that will greatly improve your health and comfort at home.

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