|Most people are aware of the health risks posed by exposure to outdoor air pollutants such as fossil fuel emissions from vehicles, power stations, and factories. Having said that, not everyone knows that indoor air is actually more polluted.
In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than the outdoor environment, and in some cases, the air inside the home have been found to be 100 times more polluted.
In addition, the World Health Organization has said that household cooking with coal or biomass-fueled stoves caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, compared with 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution.
If you’re one of the people who spend 90 percent of their time indoors, you are likely to be exposed to one or more household pollutants. In order to combat these threats, it is recommended to have an air purification system installed in your home.
Rumpca Services is a leading heating company in Cottage Grove, MN that offers air purification systems designed to give you clean and fresh air throughout your home.
Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
Understanding and controlling common household pollutants can help reduce your risk of indoor health problems.
Sources of indoor pollution include:
Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Exposure to the pollutants listed above can lead to numerous immediate and long-term health problems.
The World Health Organization states that contaminants like nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide cause inflamed air passages, eye irritation and damage to the respiratory tract. An irritated respiratory tract can cause coughing, mucus secretion, and long-term infections. People who have asthma or infected immune systems are at even higher risk of developing more serious health problems when repeatedly exposed to one or more pollutants.
Some effects may be experienced immediately after a single exposure or repeated exposures to one or multiple pollutants. These may include irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, coughing, and upper respiratory congestion.
On the other hand, continual exposures to poor air quality can lead to reduced lung function and breathing problems as well as lung cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Those with pre-existing cardiovascular or lung diseases are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution and may find their conditions become worse due to exposure.
Why is Air Purification Important?
Air filters use fine strainers that filter particles from circulating air. As air flows into the air purifier, the finer the sieve used, the smaller the particles it traps. The more times the air passes through the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, the cleaner the air becomes.
HEPA filters are guaranteed to trap 99.97% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns.
Here are some reasons you should consider investing in an air purification system:
Because they breathe more air per pound of body weight, children are more vulnerable to air pollution compared to adults. Children’s organs, especially their lungs, develop until they reach their late teens. Studies show that developing organs are sensitive to the harmful effects of air pollutants and environmental toxins and they take in pollutants more readily than adults and keep them in the body for longer periods of time.
(Source: World Resources Institute)
People aged 60 or older naturally have weaker immune systems compared to younger people, which makes them more susceptible to the health risks of indoor air pollutant. Whether we like it or not, as we grow older, our bodies weaken and become less efficient compared to when we were younger. That is why having a consistent circulation of clean, fresh air is important as it helps you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and also prolongs your life.
Previous Respiratory Problems
Since your respiratory system is already damaged, an air cleaner is important in any treatment program. There are air cleaners with HEPA filters that can catch 99.97 percent of all allergens. In addition, a deep-bed carbon filter can remove airborne chemicals, gases, and odors that can aggravate or trigger an attack.
Ask the Air Purification Experts
Here at Rumpca Services, we have made it our goal to help homeowners get absolute comfort while keeping their family safe from the effects of poor indoor air quality.
We are the preferred Cottage Grove HVAC company that works with world-class manufacturers to ensure we offer top-notch heating and cooling solutions.
Call us to get more information about air purification systems and how they can help you improve your indoor air quality.
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