The Top 3 Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality
In the world we live in, protecting your indoor air quality is more important than ever. In fact, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has not found that indoor air pollutants may be an even bigger risk to people’s health than pollution outdoors. At Roby Services, we proudly offer cutting-edge air purification systems to improve your home’s air quality, helping everyone in your household breathe easier and feel better. But what exactly are these pollutants and allergens that are making our air quality so bad, and why is it important that we protect ourselves from them? Keep reading to learn the top three threats to your indoor air quality, and do not hesitate to call our IAQ experts to learn more about our whole-home air purifiers today.
The 3 Types of Indoor Air Pollutants Are:
- Particles: Particles, or “particulates,” to use a more technical term, can include anything in your indoor air 100 microns (one-millionth of a meter) or smaller. Common household particles that affect air quality include dust, pollen, and pet dander. While it is impossible not to have any particulate matter in your air, it is important to reduce the amount of particle contaminants wherever you can. Cleaning and dusting regularly helps a lot, though you will also want to do everything you can to ensure there is not excess debris in your heating and air conditioning system. HVAC units that are dirty and dusty not only perform worse, they also spread harmful particulates around your household. This can make your whole home stuffier, and may make life particularly unpleasant for asthma and allergy-sufferers. Fortunately, our in-duct air purifiers can eliminate a range of particulates in your air.
- VOCs: VOCs, or “Volatile Organic Compounds,” may include odors, vapors, smoke—basically any compounds in your air that are toxic to breathe. Even typical household VOCs, such as paint fumes, cleaning products, cooking smoke, and various perfumes and toiletries, can affect your health for years to come. That’s why putting in a whole-home air purifier is always a good investment in your family’s well-being. Whether anyone in your home has allergies or respiratory issues or not, getting rid of VOCs can help reduce everything from itchy eyes and skin irritation to headaches and nausea to joint pain and even long-term diseases.
- Biological Contaminants: A biological contaminant is a microorganism or bioaerosol that makes its way from your air into your lungs and is capable of doing harm. On the one end of the spectrum, there are biological contaminants like mold and fungi, which can be very toxic but are rarely deadly. On the other end of the spectrum, you have bacteria, viruses, and other airborne pathogens, which may potentially be fatal, under the right circumstances. If you have any older, younger, or immunocompromised people living with you, the right air purification system can greatly cut down on the presence of biological contaminants in your house. It’s also important to consider that even if you are not dealing with a serious virus, reducing biological contaminants can still reduce the amount of overall illness on your property. So if you have felt sick more than usual lately, or simply want to take an extra precaution to precaution your family’s health, call Roby Services for a cutting-edge indoor air quality system today.