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Improving Indoor Air Quality In The Home

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While many people are aware of pollution and its impact on outdoor air quality, few are aware that a variety of pollutants compromise the integrity of indoor air quality as well. For those with allergies or asthma, indoor air pollution can be especially bothersome. However, an air filtration system can help reduce or eliminate these indoor air pollutants in no time at all.

Indoor air pollution can often have debilitating side effects which contribute to the overall incidence of diseases such as cancer, asthma and heart disease. According to Global Health Risks,”Indoor air pollution is responsible for 2.7% of the global burden of disease.” The major indoor air pollutants responsible for the onset of disease include carbon monoxide, radon, second hand smoke, volatile organic compounds, ozone and asbestos.

While you could buy an advanced filtration system to help eliminate indoor air pollution, choosing this option is often extremely expensive. A cheaper option is an electrostatic furnace filter. A typical furnace filter has to be replaced and discarded on a monthly basis. An electrostatic furnace filter is easily cleaned by washing, up to tens times more effective at filtering indoor air pollutants and guaranteed to last the life of your furnace. Since you won’t have to buy a new air filter and dispos an old air filter every month for your furnace, you are saving both your money and the environment in the process.

Be sure to contact us today if you have any questions about electrostatic air filters or an interest in purchasing one.

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Improve Your Air Quality With UV Light

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Can you guess the number one health problem in America?  Perhaps serious health conditions like cancer and heart disease come to mind.  Actually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the number one health problem is indoor air pollution. Experts recommend UV light as an air purifier.

Let’s be honest—we’re enjoying less time outdoors as a nation. We spend up to 90% of our time inside, whether we’re at work, relaxing at home, or strolling through a shopping mall. The workplace, especially, has kept us inside, with 70% of us working indoors. With the obvious exception of occupations like construction and landscaping, the majority of our work takes place in traditional offices and other indoor locations. More people are telecommuting, or working from home, but they’re still inside for the majority of the day.

The rest of our time is spent in stores, restaurants, schools…you get the picture. Overall, we’re getting very little fresh air.

Not surprisingly, allergies and respiratory disease are on the rise as people are exposed to harmful allergens, chemicals, mold, mildew, and fungus, just to name a few culprits. These materials are floating in the air around us and being pumped through our HVAC systems.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has gone as far as to name the phenomenon of indoor air pollution “Sick Building Syndrome,” noting that 40% of office buildings pose a serious health hazard to employees. Documented illnesses run the gamut, from mild cold and flu-like symptoms to allergies, asthma, other respiratory ailments, headaches, fatigue, and even chronic depression.

The unfortunate results of indoor air pollution on homes and businesses include not only poor general health, but also a loss of worker productivity, increased medical costs, and a lower quality of life overall.

Fortunately, indoor air purification does not have to be expensive or complicated.

UV lights, which have been used for years in hospitals and government buildings, are now available for the home or office. They have several advantages: they kill bacteria, mold, viruses and other airborne allergens; they’re easy to set up and use; and the unit plugs into a wall outlet and is integrated with your heating or cooling system.

Contact us to find out more about the benefits of installing UV lights in your HVAC system.

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Study shows indoor air quality at school affects health and learning.

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It’s always about the little things, right? Like the airborne allergens that are not adequately filtered in school environments, causing “illness and increased school absenteeism,” according to a study, “Student Health and Academic Performance,” on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website.

In fact, the EPA says that one-half of our nations 115,000 schools fail the test when it comes to indoor air quality:   The report highlights a number of issues, from mold to asthma and allergies, in stating “that maintenance issues can trigger a host of health problems…that increase absenteeism and reduce academic performance.”  The idea of reading a report posted on the EPA website may not be high on your “to do” list, but the report on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and its effects on school performance is something that parents should be aware of.  The report goes on to say… “Research links key environmental factors to health outcomes and students’ ability to perform. Improvements in school environmental quality can enhance academic performance, as well as teacher and staff productivity and retention.”

What is the solution?  The EPA recommends that schools establish an Indoor Air Quality Management Program.  “Poor IAQ often results from neglect. Take a proactive stance to managing potential IAQ hazards by demanding regular and proper maintenance of indoor environments and HVAC systems. Programs can be targeted to the maintenance of existing school facilities and to new school construction.”   Several school systems across the country are realizing the cost and health benefits of switching to electrostatic furnace filters.

“When school budgets are tight, school boards and school administrators often consider the maintenance budget as “soft money,” an expense they can cut without affecting the core academic program needs. Indeed, the percentage of school budgets dedicated to maintenance has declined over the past two decades. Yet a good maintenance program is integral to ensuring that school health and academic programs achieve their fullest potential. In addition, an effective maintenance program can reduce both energy costs and long-term repair costs.”  IAQ professionals recommend starting with simple solutions like regularly cleaning your HVAC system (especially the coils) and upgrading to MERV 8 electrostatic furnace filters.  Most HVAC contractors offer affordable maintenance programs or school maintenance personnel should be able to regularly clean the coils of the HVAC systems with a little training.   Electrostatic filters clean the air over ten times better than disposable filters and pay for themselves in about 1 year because they are washable and reusable with lifetime warranties.  They reduce mold, pollen and dust and are extremely beneficial for students with allergies and asthma.

If you’re a School Facility Manager or Maintenance Supervisor, and looking for good prices on permanent filters, be sure to contact us for bulk quotes.

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