Most Americans are aware of the health risks caused by exposure to outdoor air pollutants such as fossil fuel emissions from vehicles, power stations, and factories. However, not everyone is aware that indoor air is actually more polluted.
In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor environment is 2-5 times more polluted 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 millions of Americans that spend 90 percent of their time indoors, you are likely to be exposed to one or more household pollutants. In order to fight these threats, it is recommended to have an air cleaning system installed in your home.
This is where Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning can help. We are a leading HVAC company in Bloomington IL that works with Healthy Climate to offer you ways to improve the air that circulates throughout your home.
Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
Understanding and controlling common household pollutants can help reduce your risk of indoor health problems.
Indoor pollution can be caused by any the following:
- Pollen and Mold
- Tobacco or cigarette smoke
- Household cleaning products
- Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
- Stoves, heaters, fireplaces, and chimneys
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Materials used in the building such as lead, asbestos, and formaldehyde
Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality to Your Health
Exposure to household pollutants 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.
Moreover, 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 sensitive to the effects of pollution and may find their conditions become worse due to exposure.
Why Consider Using an Air Cleaning System
Air cleaners are an effective way to improve your indoor air quality. They help you breathe cleaner air that will allow your lungs and other organs to work better, usually leading to better oxygen absorption by your brain.
Air cleaners can also help with allergies, foul odors, snoring and more.
In general, air cleaners can aid in getting rid of the health effects of poor indoor air quality.
Features of the Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner
In contrast to electrostatic air cleaners that can elevate indoor ozone levels, the Carbon Cleaner 16 provides thorough, unmatched filtration throughout your home while reducing ozone, a known lung irritant. Similar to plants and trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the atmosphere, the Carbon Clean 16 air filter eliminates harmful ozone from indoor air and converts it into clean, healthy oxygen. As part of this natural and efficient purification process, carbon inside the filter that is traded with oxygen reacts with odors and airborne pollutants to neutralize them before they are circulated back into your indoor air.
- Whole-home filtration with no additional power source
- Industry-exclusive, MERV 16 Precision Pleat media filter – the highest MERV rating possible
- Hospital inpatient care/general surgery level filtration
- Removes over 95% of particles ranging in size down to 0.3 micron
- Removes over 90 percent of bioaerosols like bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms down to .01 micron
- Effective filtration to protect your HVAC system
- Converts harmful ground-level ozone into oxygen
Call the HVAC Pros
If you need help in having the Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, call Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. We can answer all questions related to this product and any other HVAC solution you may need help with.
For years, we have been the leading Normal heating and air conditioning company that provides customized solutions for every homeowner we work with.