Clean air benefits everyone, including those living in Bellflower, CA. The EPA and other prominent organizations warn that poor indoor air quality is among the top health risks in the U.S. This is due in large part to better construction techniques, leading to more efficient but also more sealed homes. Without some form of air filtration, a home’s air can be no less polluted than the air outdoors. It’s often more polluted because a lack of natural ventilation leads to higher concentrations of pollutants.
Time Spent Indoors
The average American spends much of their life indoors. That time is spread across home, work, school, and activities. But home life accounts for the majority of it and is where we have the greatest amount of control over our health. People who enjoy good IAQ at home sleep and breathe better. They are less prone to illnesses and severe allergies and asthma symptoms. They also have healthier hair and skin, and research shows that cognitive performance is superior among these groups as well.
Particulate matter, also referred to as PM or particle pollution, is a mix of solid and liquid particles suspended in the air. The most concerning particles as far as IAQ are those sized 10 micrometers in diameter and smaller. It is well documented that, once inhaled, these particles can lead to respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer. Indoor PM levels typically exceed outdoor levels, which may already be concerning depending on where you live. The good news is that PM is relatively easy to combat at home. An air purification system with a medical-grade HEPA filter can eliminate 99.97% of all particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
Gases and Chemicals
Chemicals and gases are another concerning aspect of indoor air pollution. Carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, receives the most attention. But there are many other sources within our home. These include volatile organic compounds, VOCs, that off-gas from products in our home, including furniture. Dangerous gases are also created in our kitchens, which is why it’s recommended to run exhaust fans for up to 10 minutes after cooking. These gases can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. Over an extended period of time, they may lead to many respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.
Adults who are otherwise in good health are certainly not impervious but are less prone to the impact of negative IAQ. Good indoor air quality matters even more for other groups. Modern research shows that indoor air pollution has a tremendous affect on children. This extends not only to their health but also to their social development and performance in school. The elderly are greatly affected and more prone to illness and premature death due to pollution. Those who have asthma and allergies experience more severe symptoms and often find that their conditions worsen overall.
When it comes to indoor air pollution, the EPA recommends focusing first on source control. Many people inadvertently worsen their IAQ through lifestyle and product choices. Not dusting enough is a big culprit. Dust is a sponge that traps and reemits pollutants and contaminants. Over-watering plants easily leads to mold spores in the air. As a society, we often make bad choices when it comes to appliances, furniture, household cleaners, deodorizers, etc.
Achieving Good IAQ
Source control is a good starting point but often not enough on its own. You will want to consider mechanical ventilation to ensure enough fresh air during the heating and cooling seasons. Dehumidification and humidification are worthwhile considerations as well. Optimal RH makes your air more comfortable, easier to breathe, and less prone to bacteria, viruses, and dust mites. Whole-home air purification comes in many forms. Most air cleaners will have a HEPA filter or other mechanical stage to eliminate PM. An activated carbon filter will trap gases, chemicals, and odors. A UV stage can kill bacteria and viruses and even serve as a house-wide disinfectant.
Your Local IAQ Experts Serving Los Angeles County
Service All-Stars is a HomeAdvisor-screened and approved HVAC company that has served Bellflower and the surrounding areas since 2013. Our team installs whole-home air purification systems that will eliminate 99.9% of the pollutants and contaminants in your home. We also install, service, and repair residential heating and cooling systems. Service All-Stars offers a full range of plumbing services, including drain cleaning and water heater installation. We also install attic insulation. Call us today or contact us online for further details about these services.