Sources of Indoor Air Pollution: Outdoor Air

Indoor air contaminants can come from many sources. Air from the outside becomes indoor air, bringing in dust and exhausts from traffic. Another important factor to consider is that there are also industrially produced contaminants that are local to the area. These can include emissions from wood burning stoves or oil or gas furnaces and urban/agricultural pesticides. At certain times, pollens and molds can be brought in as well. Without intervention inside the house such as the best filtration you can have or afford, the indoor air can only be as good as the outdoor air. The good news is that there...Read More

Top Three Reasons For IAQ Improvement

Here are the top three reasons why people are generally interested in improving the indoor air quality in their homes: Prevention While no known health problem has yet been directly linked to the home, there are young children in the family. Hearing about serious cases of contamination from friends or family is a common motivational factor for improving the indoor air. A known problem Someone in the family has been diagnosed and/or may be suffering from allergies or asthma. There is a concern that the air quality in the house may be a factor. A serious health problem is identified...Read More

What Is Good Indoor Air Quality?

Good indoor air is characterized by the absence of contaminants of any kind, whether biological or chemical, in gaseous or particulate form. It should have no odour -- though it is important to note that the reverse is not true -- absence of an odour does not mean absence of contaminants. It should have no irritating or adverse health effect on occupants. It should have the right temperature and relative humdity for health and comfort of the occupants. In 1979, the World Health Organization convened experts who recommended that guidelines be drawn up to protect the health of the occupants...Read More

Sources of Air Duct Contamination

All inside air was once outside air, so all of the dust, chemicals, pollen, insects and mold spores in the outside air can be pulled into your indoor air system. People shed millions of tiny dead skin cells every hour. Cooking smoke, cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays and personal care products are also additional sources of pollutants. Many construction materials as well as carpets, wood products and plastics give off pollutants and odors as well. During construction or during renovations, many types of dust are also produced and they often find their way into the ductwork. This is especially true if...Read More

Clean Air At Last

Just a few months ago one of our customers told us he was feeling very ill and stuffed up every time he spent any more than half an hour in his own home. We went in and cleaned his air ducts and installed a whole-house hepa filtration system. This customer also took our recommendation that he purchase a smaller room-sized portable hepa filter for the master bedroom and now according to this gentleman, everything especially his health has changed for the better. Much better. During subsequent follow-up calls, he stated that he was highly impressed with the duct cleaning we did. The technicians showed him all the dirt that was coming out of the ducts...Read More