Because today’s homeowner’s make every effort to seal their homes against heat loss, they are effectively eliminating the possibility for indoor pollution to escape or otherwise be diluted from external air infiltration. The Lynnwood Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Experts at Complete Mechanical suggest that you incorporate a SunPure whole house filtration unit into your home’s HVAC system.
Sources of Pollution in Your Home
Combustion – whether your furnace/boiler is powered with oil, kerosene or natural gas, the products of combustion are a primary source of indoor air pollution. Additionally, wood burning stoves or furnaces emit pollutants into your home as well. Every appliance in your home that uses fossil fuels to operate will increase the pollution within your home.
Building Materials & Furnishings – wood cabinets, insulation, carpeting and pressed wood furniture all retain and may release mold, dust mites and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Chemical Products – cleaning, maintenance and personal care products all contain chemicals that add to the pollution in your home.
Hobbies & Home Improvement – any activity that produces fumes will definitely pollute your home’s air. Examples include: welding; adhesive use; sanding; varnishing; painting; and more. Because your home is sealed tight, fresh air cannot circulate to dissipate the pollutants being released.
External Sources – outdoor pollutants can be tracked into your home by people and pets. Such pollutants include: pollens; pesticides; lead; dust; and many other pollutants. Additionally, with today’s tightly sealed homes, there is no means for radon to escape. Radon is the by-product of uranium decay and leaks from the soil into your home.
Pets – because pets remain indoors more during winter months, the dander and other pollutants carried on their fur, hair or feathers are the primary cause for aggravating asthma and allergies in winter.
Protecting your family from the various pollutants in your home requires determining which pollutants are present. The most common household pollutants include:
- Mold and mildew
- Pet Dander
- Dust mites
- Biologicals – viruses, bacteria and other germs
- Cigarette Smoke – Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
- Formaldehyde – a VOC found in adhesives used in carpeting, particle board, plywood paneling and upholstery
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) & Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) from combustion
- Lead (in older paint products)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a three tier action plan to improve your home’s IAQ:
- Source control
- Improve ventilation
- Filter or clean air
Source control can include properly maintaining your furnace/boiler to assure that combustion is efficient with no dangerous by-products emitted into your home. Often source control is the most cost effective means of improving IAQ.
Ventilation may result in diluting the pollutants and allowing them to exit the interior of your home, but will also decrease the efficiency of your home’s heating. Fresh air circulation is the easiest remedy but can lead to higher energy costs and discomfort. The EPA advises that you open windows and doors as weather permits.
Once you have eliminated or reduced the pollution sources, Complete Mechanical’s IAQ Specialists can help you determine the best air purification system for your specific needs. Taken into account to decide which purifier and size is best for your application include:
- Pollutant levels
- Room size