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We are now spending more time indoors and at home Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections and pose a serious health threat. EPA studies indicate that the levels of many air pollutants may be two to five times higher in indoor air than outdoor air. In some cases, indoor air pollutants may even be 100 times higher than outdoors. With that said, it is very important to know what kind of pollutants and contaminants are most likely to show up in your home and easy ways to improve the quality of your indoor air.
What are the most prevalent indoor air pollutants?
Bacteria: Airborne bacteria can be a problem, to say the least. Such diseases as tetanus, typhoid fever, pneumonia, syphilis, cholera, leprosy, and tuberculosis are all the nasty products of these airborne pathogens.
Mold spores: Mold is a fungus just like mushrooms. Mold reproduces itself through spores, which fly around in the air and aggravate your allergies. Some molds are toxic when inhaled. Black mold, which can grow on food, can produce serious lung disease aspergillosis if large quantities are inhaled. Mold is a problem in buildings that are too air-tight and have too much-trapped moisture.
Viruses: Submicroscopic and microorganisms particles that can infect the cells of a biological organism – you, for instance. People with weakened immune systems from a present medical condition can especially do with fewer viruses in the air. Fortunately, we have a solution for airborne pathogens.
Pet dander: Dander is hair and skin particles that fly off of a pet and cause an allergic reaction in people so inclined, frequently manifested in a sneeze. Skin rashes can also be an allergic reaction to pet dander.
Dust: It’s not a matter of how much you clean; even in the tidiest households, dust happens. Some people with dust allergies can have an extreme reaction. Another airborne dust problem is found in industrial workplace environments. If the product being manufactured produces enough dust, it can even constitute a safety hazard.
Dust mites: These little critters live in that dust that you didn’t want around anyway. They’re known as Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus in Europe and Dermatophagoides farinae in America, but by any name is regarded as a nuisance. Dust mites are thought to be the number one cause of asthma worldwide. Unlucky for us, dust mites like it best in the same kind of carpeted, draft-proof, cushioned environment that we people like.
Odors: The obvious one that nobody ever thinks about. Air purifiers can help dispel the taints of paint, bleach, cooking, and chemical solvents from the air. If it offends your nose, an air purifier gets rid of it.
What are some ways to get rid of these pollutants and improve your indoor air quality?
Here are a few simple tips to help you keep your indoor air fresh and clean throughout the season.
- Keep your windows open for 30 minutes to an hour every day. Opening the windows for a few minutes a day will do you better than harm since it will let air circulate.
- Replace your air filter – It is advisable to always replace the air filters every two to three months. If they are not changed regularly, dirty air filters become less efficient and end up overworking your HVAC system. Having a dirty air filter significantly decreases the quality of your indoor air.
- Schedule a fall maintenance visit- The best time for an HVAC maintenance visit is in the early fall. Having an expert come out to check and see if your unit is working properly is a great way to ensure that your indoor air is at its cleanest and most fresh all season long.
- Use an air purifier – An air purifier traps tons of airborne particles in the air at home or the office. An air purifier also prolongs the life of your HVAC by eliminating the dust particles that may end up getting trapped in the heating unit.
What types of air purifiers are available in the market?
1) Room air-purifiers – Room air purifiers are portable, lightweight, and flexible to use. You can use them almost anywhere in your room.
2) Ion generators – these air-purifiers work by generating charged ions into the atmosphere. The ions get attached to the dirt and chemical contents in the atmosphere causing them to get attracted to the floors of the house and get deposited on the ground. You can then wipe them, mop them or vacuum them away from floors.
3) Whole-house air-purifiers – these air-purifiers serve the purpose of cleaning and purifying the atmosphere of the entire home. These should be basically installed in central heating, air-conditioning, or HVAC systems. The purifier works with the help of a filter that is located in a return air-grille or plenum of the purifier. It is the fan inside the air-purifier that basically takes in the air, moves it through the filter, and releases the clean air out into the atmosphere.
4) HEPA Filtered air-purifiers – HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air and is made of charcoal. The filter in this air-purifier is placed upwind of a high-velocity fan on the unit, which actually drives the contaminants into the filter attracting tobacco smoke, dust mites, and other pollutants. After the air is cleaned inside the purifier, the air is made to circulate in the entire home. Click the link here to see some of the best HEPA air purifiers on the market.
The Best Air Purifier On The Market
Photocatalytic air purifiers have many benefits and may contribute to one’s respiratory health and overall air quality. A photocatalytic air purifier is a specialized air filtration device using advanced technology. The oxidizers generated convert back into oxygen and hydrogen once they have done their work of neutralizing odors and eliminating pollution. The oxidizers also help to sanitize indoor surfaces and airborne pathogens. It is the only air purifier on the market that eliminates airborne pathogens and surface microbes. Because of their distinct capabilities, they are considered the best air purifier for covid and influenza.
Eagle Eye Resources is proud to be among the first in the industry to bring you PCO Technology air purification solutions for your home or office. This new innovation, based on research from NASA, has been developed as a compact, efficient filter for residential and commercial use. Once you’ve tried a photocatalytic purifier, you’ll accept nothing less. Our PCO air purifier products are not just safer than the alternative; they also help eliminate a broad range of aerial pollutants. Removing indoor air pollution enhances the quality of life in residences and the productivity of businesses.
To find out more, all you need to do is call or email Eagle Eye Resources. We’ll be glad to talk in detail about your needs and how our Air Purification solutions can benefit you.
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We believe our air purifiers are helping in getting our economy and local business back on track. We believe in protecting vulnerable and older people with air purification. Eagle Eye Resources is a black-owned construction company located in New Orleans that also functions as a vertically integrated real estate development company. Everything real estate is under our umbrella. We are able to handle commercial real estate development, commercial facility remodeling & renovation, facility management, janitorial services, residential home remodeling & historic property renovation.
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