What Pollutes My Indoor Air?
The building you work in can easily be a haven for all kinds of pollutants which can ruin your indoor air quality. Have you ever thought about how many particles get trapped in the air you’re breathing at work, or any other closed indoor environment? Things are so bad inside American buildings that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consistently rates indoor air pollution as one of the top threats to our health. So if you’re thinking, “What pollutes my indoor air?” and, “What can I do about it?” then read on…
COMMON INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS
Every building in the United States is going to have at least some of the following issues, if not the majority or all of them:
- Mold and Mildew: These toxic spores can grow virtually anywhere, as long as the temperature and moisture conditions are right and there is a source of food for the microbes to feed on. Mold comes in many thousands of species, ranging from the relatively harmless to the potentially lethal strains of black mold. If you find mold anywhere indoors, you need to take steps to immediately remediate the affected areas and take necessary steps for total moisture control to ensure that it won’t return.
- Dander and Hair. People and animals shed their skin and their hair -- yes, this includes all of us two-legged mammals in the building, too -- and it doesn’t take long for all of these little particles and strands to collect in corners or ventilation registers (or anywhere, really). A proactive, consistent plan to clean all of your spaces can help reduce the negative effects that hair and dander will have on your indoor air quality.
- Paint and Chemicals. If you don’t use low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and other environmentally friendly cleaning agents, then you’re introducing a host of man-made chemicals that will work their way into your lungs sooner or later if you spend enough time indoors. Store all of these kinds of substances in an outdoor shed if possible (and if it’s safe according to the manufacturer’s label), but at least in your garage where there will be more ventilation than a place like your hallway closet.
- Smoke. This may seem like a no-brainer, but we have to mention it anyway in case you’re still smoking inside. Even if you smoke when no one else is inside your home or office, we promise that plenty of your friends and family who have super-sniffers will still feel the effects of your decision in their own lungs. Second hand smoke attaches itself to every surface and fabric in your indoor environment and it will linger there for years if you don’t clean it out thoroughly (and if you continue to smoke inside).
- Radon and Carbon Monoxide. These are colorless, odorless chemicals that can collect in your home if you don’t properly ventilate your spaces. Both can be deadly if they’re not detected, so make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector (about $15 for a basic model) along with your smoke detectors, and consider having a professional radon test or purchasing your own radon monitor (either option will cost $150 or more, but this could save your life because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking!)
These are just some of the many problems that lurk in buildings. To learn more about indoor air pollutants and how they can affect your quality of life and your health, visit the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality. The EPA has loads of information about the many threats that toxic particles present to your home and business, and it can also give you additional suggestions on how to mitigate air quality issues that you find. One great solution is to have a routine air duct cleaning to rid your structure’s HVAC system and ductwork of all the dust, pollen, dander, lint and other debris that collects throughout the year as your system circulates oxygen throughout your living and working spaces.
If you don’t have the time, equipment or training to do a thorough air duct cleaning or dryer vent cleaning yourself, then allow us to suggest AdvantaClean for all of your indoor air quality needs. We’ve been at it since 1994 and our highly trained technicians use only the most powerful HEPA-filtered suction systems and they apply all the latest techniques recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaner Association (NADCA). Let us give you the cleanest, healthiest air you’ve breathed in years -- our locally-owned franchises are standing by to serve you now, so give us a call today because it’s not clean until it’s AdvantaClean!
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