What You Need To Know About Indoor Air Pollution in Atlanta
Every single day, we take in about 7 to 8 liters of air per minute, which works out to about 11,000 liters of air per day.
If the air you breathe introduces toxins into your body, it impacts every cell. Over and over again.
According to the EPA, the indoor air quality here in the United States can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. And considering most of us spend 90 percent of our time indoors, that can have serious repercussions on our health.
Pollution can come from many things:
- Cleaning products
- Chemicals found in building materials – adhesives, asbestos, lead, etc
- Offgassing of toxic volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from paint, flooring, furniture, etc
- Bacteria and virus
- Dampness and mildew
- Perfume and deodorants
- Candles and fireplaces
- Dander from dust mites, pets, etc
- Gas stoves, ovens, dryers
Many people associate common viruses with colds or flu instead of looking to the root cause, which may be indoor air pollution. Do you have recurring nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, sneezing, wheezing, itchy throat, dry or watery eyes, coughing, or even stomach discomfort? These can be a sign of problems within your living environment. If they continue, they can be linked to more serious problems, such as heart disease, lung disease, or even cancers.
Being aware of where problems come from is your first line of defense. This allows you to take action and reduce the levels of pollutants inside your home.
- Never store chemicals in your home, basement or garage
- Use low VOC paints
- Make sure gas appliances are fully vented outdoors
- Clean pets on a regular basis
- Vacuum or sweep up dust mites and dander regularly
- Be conscious of purchasing “green” furnishings that do not contain toxic chemicals
- Clean and change out filters in your HVAC system on a routine basis
HEPA filters are available for use within the home. HEPA – high efficiency particulate air – filters are designed to trap 99.97 percent of airborne particles as small as .3 microns in size. If you move to the Ultra-HEPA filter, you will be increasing removal down to as small as .003 microns. They are considered the first line of defense when factoring out particulate matter from the air you breathe every day.
Indoor Air Quality Services in Atlanta
When was the last time your HVAC filter was changed? If you need help maintaining your HVAC systems or ensuring that you have the best air quality possible in your Atlanta home, contact R.S. Andrews today!