NJ Air Purification System Installation
It is estimated that most people spend about 90% of their time indoors. This includes time spent at work, school, and of course, at home. Because of the amount of time we spend inside, the quality of the air we breathe should be a major concern for all of us. In fact, indoor air pollution is something every home in America struggles with, and dealing with the issue isn’t getting any easier.
The EPA Ranks Indoor Air Pollution as a Top 5 Environmental Danger
Over the past several years, the Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ranked indoor air pollution as one of the most concerning environmental dangers we all face daily. This is primarily because the sources of pollution are everywhere in our home. In fact, the EPA estimates that our indoor air has nearly 5x as much pollutants than outdoor air. Some homes may even have 100x more pollutants.
What are the Indications of Poor Indoor Air Quality?
The most clear indication of poor indoor air quality is by looking at the health of the building’s occupants. If you are seeing frequent cases of congestion, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, headache, frequent nosebleeds, fatigue, nausea, or dizziness there is a pretty high chance that indoor pollutants are the cause. People generally notice their symptoms after several hours at work and feel better after they have left the building or when they have been away from the building for a weekend or a vacation. Since many of these symptoms are related to issues other than air quality, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint underlying air quality issues.
In many buildings today, the indoor air quality is likely far more polluted than the air outdoors. Outside of health symptoms, there are other signs you may need to address the quality of your indoor air.
- Significant dust buildup around vents & on surfaces within your home
- Inconsistencies in air distribution or an HVAC system that isn’t maintaining a proper temperature
- Humidity issues (the right level of humidity should be somewhere between 35-50%)
- Mold and mildew growth
- Unpleasant odors
How to Investigate Possible Indoor Air Quality Problems
If you aren’t an HVAC specialist, diagnosing an indoor air quality problem can be difficult. You may not know what you’re looking for or looking at when inspecting your HVAC systems. First things first, if you are noticing several of the indications listed in the section above, you’re already on your way to confirming your air quality issues. However, if it gets to the point where you suspect your building’s air quality is a problem, you should consider reaching out to a qualified professional that can help you diagnose the underlying cause and get your air quality to a healthy level.
What are the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants?
The EPA has conducted several studies which prove that indoor air pollution is a problem for all types of homes regardless of where it is located. The most commonly discovered sources of indoor air pollution include combustion sources, building materials, chemical products, organic matter, and outdoor air pollution which makes its way indoors.
A more comprehensive list of indoor air pollutants includes:
- Allergens (pollen, pet dander, mold spores)
- Bacteria, mold, and germs
- Household chemicals, paints, solvents, and car fumes (if you have an attached garage
- Humidity imbalances both too humid and too dry can cause issues in your home
- Secondhand smoke from tobacco products
A top of the line indoor air quality system can help remove these pollutants from the air in your home, which will leave it feeling cleaner and you and your family will not have to worry about any negative health issues.