Healthy Living and Your HVAC System
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Results from in-home air tests across North America support this government finding. Nearly every home (96%) had at least one indoor air quality problem.
This statistic alone shows how important indoor air quality (IAQ) should be to all of us. Unfortunately there are many other disturbing statistics on IAQ. The good thing about poor indoor air quality is that we can do something about it. There are ways to cut back on the Pollen, dirt, pet dander, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, mold and more. For all the problems along with the solutions to poor indoor air quality visit our IAQ Problems & Solutions page.
Hopefully this website has all of the information you need to answer all of your questions and concerns with Indoor air quality. If you need further information you are welcome to visit the Where to Get Help page that offers links to all of the sites where this information was sourced.
HVAC – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Facts
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Results from in-home air tests across North America support this government finding. Nearly every home (96%) had at least one indoor air quality problem:
- 86% had high levels of particles and bioaerosols like dust, pollen and viruses
- 71% were filled with odors and potentially harmful chemicals and gases
- An EPA economic analysis of repairs performed at an elementary school showed that if $370 per year over 22 years (a total of $8,140) had been spent on preventive maintenance, $1.5 million in repairs could have been avoided.
- According to the American Lung Association, environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) aka “secondhand smoke,” a major indoor air pollutant, contains about 4,000 chemicals, including 200 known poisons, such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, as well as 43 carcinogens.
- According to the EPA, Women who work in the home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who work outside the home.
- Biological pollutants, including molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust mites, and animal dander promote poor indoor air quality and may be a major cause of days lost from work and school. In office buildings, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems are frequent sources of biological substances that are inhaled, leading to breathing problems.
- To help prevent growth of mold when humidity is high, make sure bathrooms, kitchens and basements have good air circulation and are cleaned often. The basement in particular may need a dehumidifier. And remember, the water in the dehumidifier must be emptied and the container cleaned often to prevent forming mildew.
- An estimated one out of every 15 homes in the United States has radon levels above 4pci/L, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency-recommended action level. Radon, a naturally occurring gas, can enter the home through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, drains, and other openings. Indoor radon exposure is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer. A recent report by the National Research Council estimates that radon is responsible for between 15,000 and 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.
- Formaldehyde is a common chemical, found primarily in adhesive or bonding agents for many materials found in households and offices, including carpets, upholstery, particle board, and plywood paneling. The release of formaldehyde into the air may cause health problems, such as coughing; eye, nose, and throat irritation; skin rashes, headaches, and dizziness.
- Many asbestos products are found in the home, including roofing and flooring materials, wall and pipe insulation, spackling compounds, cement, coating materials, heating equipment, and acoustic insulation. These products are a potential problem indoors only if the asbestos-containing material is disturbed and becomes airborne, or when it disintegrates with age.
- Heating systems and other home appliances using gas, fuel, or wood, can produce several combustion products, of which the most dangerous are carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Fuel burning stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, water heaters, and dryers are all combustion appliances.
- Household cleaning agents, personal care products, pesticides, paints, hobby products, and solvents may be sources of hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals. Such components in many household and personal care products can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritation, and cancer.
These statistics are scary but they can be avoided or cleaned up with proper solutions.
Air scrubbers are indispensable tools used for cleaning and deodorizing an environment that has been contaminated by air pollutants such as toxic gases, chemical fumes, dust, mold, and other harmful particles. These pollutants can be caused by water damage, fire damage, sewer damage, or just regular air pollution. Water/fire damage restoration professionals, construction crews, and janitorial service providers can all benefit from having an air scrubber on hand. If you frequently work in small spaces, there are also portable air scrubbersto provide You the compact, lightweight solution for indoor air pollution. In fact, Air Industries offer a range of air scrubbers that can get the job done.
Whole-Home Air Filtration System Highlights
- Removes up to 99.98 percent of allergens from the filtered air
- Catches particles down to .1 micron in size
- Eight times more effective than the best HEPA room appliance
- 100 times more effective than a standard one-inch throwaway filter or ionic-type room appliance
- Delivers cleaner air and more of it
- Reusable filter can be cleaned by vacuuming
Air purifiers help ensure the air we breathe into our bodies is as pure and clean as possible. Clean air is just as important as the things we eat. Air purifiers that ensure better air quality, undoubtedly ranks as among the major factors in our health, making air purification our top priority. With the knowledge from our experienced air purifier staff, our hands-on testing and training, and the feedback from our neighbors, friends and clients like you, we have personally selected each of our Air Purifiers to best protect you and your family’s health so you can breathe easily.