allergies The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that the air inside our home can be up to 70 times more polluted than the air outside. Could the air in your home be making you sick? On average 9 out of every 10 breaths we take are indoors.

Homes have been designed to be more efficient and air tight and as a consequence cases of asthma and allergies are rising along with other ailments that can be caused by polluted indoor air. Many of the dangers found in our homes and places of work often can't be seen and may have no detectable odor. Unfortunately these silent invaders are responsible for many types of health problems, which for many results in a poor quality of life and sometimes even death. Those most at risk for health problems arising from indoor air quality issues include those who suffer from allergies and asthma, the elderly and our children. Many common household products such as laundry detergent, polishes, paints, wood based building material, carpets, cosmetics, etc., generate measurable air pollutants. There are three main categories of air pollutants.

The first category is Particulate matter: dust, smoke, etc. The second category is Bioaerosols : micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, mold, etc. and the third category is Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): chemical or odor causing gases.

The EPA has broken down indoor air quality into three main categories:

3 levels
  • Danger Level 1 - Particulate – Consists of dust, some pollen, smoke (from cigarettes, candles, incense, fireplaces, etc.) and is the most commonly recognized indoor air quality problem.
    Danger level 1 can be effectively addressed by using a high quality air filter or electronic air cleaner. Both air cleaners and filters need to be changed often to maintain effectiveness.

  • Danger Level 2 - Bioaerosols - Consists of organic such as mold, fungi spores, bacteria and viruses.

  • Danger Level 3 - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Chemical or odor causing gases. These are found in just about every home and can come from a variety of sources. Air fresheners, carpet glue, scented laundry detergent, paint fumes, etc.

  • Danger Levels 2 and 3 can be treated using an ultra violet air purification system and a High-Efficiency Particulate Absorption (HEPA) filtration system (similar to what is used in hospitals.) Ultraviolet (UV) systems safely and effectively break down and destroy both VOCs and bioaerosols.

Comfort Experts USA Inc. offers a variety of products, solutions and services to address all of these issues and to improve the quality of the air you breathe and improve the overall health of your home.

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