Indoor Air Quality
According to the EPA, the air we breathe inside our homes and offices can be up to 5 times more harmful than the air outside. This is, again, do to the fact that contained areas enable pollutants to build up significantly more than open spaces do. The good news? Unlike secondhand smoke, radon gas, or mold which are airborne toxins we cannot readily control - most indoor air pollution comes from products we willingly bring into our home.
When it comes to the air you breathe, there is no second guessing. We go through lengths each day to ensure we and our loved ones avoid excessive pollution, second-hand smoke, and detrimental airborne contaminants. But are we escaping these same pollutants within our own home?
It may come as a surprise but often times we are inhaling the very same or even more harmful contaminants every day without even knowing. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has noted that indoor air can be substantially more harmful to the health of children, the elderly, and the chronically ill when compared to outdoor air in even the most concentrated cities. The reason being? Indoor air impurities remain stagnant and recycled within a home, business, or any contained facility.
"The air inside our homes, offices and schools can have up to
5x the pollution and particles than the air outside"
Although side effects from poor air quality are numerous and worrisome, there are several measures that can be taken to purify the air in your home and reduce negative effects to your health. Below are three options highly recommended for any residence. For more information regarding recommended practices to maintain healthy indoor air quality, please give our offices a call.
Symptoms of Indoor Pollution
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Most standard heating and air conditioning installations come with the run-of-the-mill 1" pleated filters. In some cases, even fiberglass filters may be installed. Within the HVAC industry, these filters have playfully been coined "B&B" filters due to the fact that they are essentially only capable of filtering birds and bricks! Humorous or not, the simple fact is that most properties are at risk of breathing in contaminants and harmful materials which are recycled through the home each day from the heating and ventilation system.
Nearly every HVAC package offered by SoCal Airflow Pros includes HealthyClimate 5" Merv 11 high efficiency filters. These filters remove more than 85% of airborne particles. Unlike many portable air cleaners, the Healthy Climate Merv 11 filters clean the air without emitting any ozone - a toxic gas that can irritate your lungs. In addition, these filters allow for efficient airflow, unlike the 1" pleated filters that create major air restriction. This filtration system purifies air you and your family breath each day while maintaining a clean and healthy HVAC system. Thus the Healthy Climate purifying filters provide our clients a longer lasting system that performs at a high efficiency.
See, feel, and smell the difference in your home with the market's most advanced air purification system available - AirScrubberPlus. Not only has the AirScrubber been tested and certified by major institutions, universities, and NASA, AirScrubberPlus works to significantly reduce virtually all organic and microbial compounds, bacteria, viruses, VOCs, and offensive odors where we live and breathe. This technology reduces over 50 times more airborne pathogens than typical HVAC filtration. When one person in a family gets sick, the AirScrubberPlus helps keep the rest of the family from doing the same. Primary benefits include:
Approved by FDA, EPA, and USDA
No chemicals, no residue
Safe Kill: Leaves behind oxygen & Hydrogen
Increases lifespan of HVAC system
See how it works:
The Common Cold
Although they are not always the first thing we think about when considering the purity of air in our homes, your property's ducting is a major contributor to the quality of air you breathe each and every day. Improper installation, unsealed connections, tears, leaks, and age can all expose your home to harmful contaminants within your attic. Asbestos, fiberglass, rodent droppings, pet dander, and numerous other health hazards easily enter our recycled air system when ductwork offers points of entry. In turn, this directly affects the health of residents in the home and can both lead to and exasperate many health and respiratory problems.
Duct Cleaning: Don't be fooled - Do it Right the First Time
We've all seen it - "Only $50 for Duct Cleaning Special!" Sounds great! But what these ads do not want you to know is that duct cleaning is really a pretend service. Here on the west coast HVAC systems utilize flex ducting, as seen in these images shown here, or asbestos ducts. Neither of which should be cleaned. It is extremely rare a duct system is dusty or moldy and in the rare cases that we find these issues, duct cleaning would only be a temporary band-aide. The cause of the issue must be solved. Mold is often a problem with the AC function. Dust in ductwork is due to leakage in the duct system and/or poor filtration. Our flex ducting in California is easily damaged and torn when duct cleaning companies "perform" their service - not only exposing your air to harmful contaminants but also taking your bill from $50 to more expensive newly needed repairs! Do not be fooled and have one of our experts evaluate your duct system today.
Rather than allowing a client to throw money down the drain on a band-aide solution, we offer duct replacement. Duct replacement provides the ability to guarantee the safety of our client's health as well as provide homeowners with a genuine, long term solution. We engineer and balance the temperature in our customer's homes -- drastically reducing different temperatures upstairs from downstairs and room to room. Our work is backed with a 30 year transferable limited warranty on every duct replacement project.
To schedule a proposal or gather more information regarding the benefits of duct replacement,
air quality, proper filtration or recommended practices - give us a call today!