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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) FAQs

  • Can the air inside our homes be bad for us?

    Indoor air can be polluted. There are many sources of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) – infiltration, duct system, poorly maintained heating system, improper exhaust systems, and more. The indoor environment is also affected by indoor contaminants – chemicals, dusts, molds or fungi, bacteria, gases, vapors, and bad odors. Indoor air contaminants are linked to health issues such as dryness; irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin; headache; fatigue; shortness of breath; allergies; sinus congestion; coughing and sneezing; dizziness; and nausea. The symptoms are usually noticed after being in the house for several hours and feeling better when leaving the building or being away from the building for a weekend or a vacation. Some of these symptoms may also be caused by other health conditions including common colds or the flu, and are not necessarily due to poor indoor air quality; therefore, identifying and resolving IAQ problems can be difficult.

  • Why is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) an issue?

    According to the National Safety Council, people, on average, spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Of that 90 percent, 65 is spent at home and to make matters worse, those who are most susceptible to indoor air pollution are the ones who are home the most: children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses. Children breathe in 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults do. EPA studies have found that pollutant levels inside can be two to five times higher than outdoors. In some instances indoor air pollution levels can be 100 times higher than outdoors.

  • What are the sources of pollutants?

    According to the National Safety Council, there are many sources of pollutants in the home. Obvious ones are chemicals from cleaning products and pesticides. Less obvious are pollutants caused by such simple tasks as cooking, bathing, infiltration, or heating the home. Fortunately, there are easy steps that everyone can take to reduce the potential for indoor air pollution and to improve the quality of the air they breathe.

  • What are the different types of pollutants?

    There are three different types of indoor air pollutants. Particulates: dust, pollen, dust mites, animal dander, carpet fibers, and lint. Micro-organisms: mold, influenza, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and germs. Toxins (gases): benzene chemical vapors, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, paint, pesticides, carpet fumes, pet odors, ozone, cleaning vapors, and smoke.

  • How to know if the air inside your home is dangerous to your health?

    According to the National Safety Council, it is difficult to determine which pollutant or pollutants are the sources of a person’s ill health, or even if indoor air pollution is the problem. Many indoor air pollutants cannot be detected by our senses (e.g., smell) and the symptoms they produce can be vague and sometimes similar, making it hard to attribute them to a specific cause. Some symptoms may not show up until years later, making it even harder to discover the cause. Common symptoms of exposure to indoor air pollutants include: headaches, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, itchy nose, and scratchy throat. More serious effects are asthma and other breathing disorders and cancer.

  • How does this affect children?

    According to the National Safety Council, children may be more susceptible to environmental exposures than adults and because of their developing systems, particularly vulnerable to their effects. Let’s take asthma as an example. About 4.2 million children in the United States and more than 12.4 million people total are affected by asthma each year. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine concluded that 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children could be prevented by controlling exposure to indoor allergens and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). By controlling biological contaminants (e.g., dust mites and cat allergens), asthma cases could be reduced by 55 to 60 percent.

  • How can I find an Indoor Air Quality system that’s right for my home?

    Here at Pros360, we have an entire team dedicated to improve the quality of life for our customers starting with the air you breathe. We offer a variety of solutions to suit your individual needs to improve your indoor air quality. Our process consists of addressing your concerns, in home consultation, comprehensive assessment, and installation. A phone call is all that stands between you and improved home indoor air quality. Give us a call today and breathe easier tomorrow!!!

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