You don't have to resign yourself to living with low-quality indoor air. While it WILL begin to decrease in quality as nasty particles infiltrate it, it doesn't HAVE to, and it won't -- not if you know what factors contribute to poor indoor air quality. […]
WHAT IS AIR QUALITY?
Air Quality - The composition of air in terms of how much air pollution it contains.
There are two kinds, Indoor Air Quality and Outdoor Air Quality.
WHAT IS AIR POLLUTION?
Air Pollution – The presence of one or more contaminants or combinations of contaminants in air in such quantities and of such durations as may be or tend to be injurious to human, animal or plant life, or property, or which unreasonably interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property or conduct of business.
Breathing Out Door Air Pollution can make you feel bad or even make you sick.
ABOUT OUTDOOR AIR QUALITY
In the Fort Worth area, we generally have good air quality, except when our air is filled with airborne contaminants. Then, we easily recognize the impact of outdoor air pollution when our seasonal allergies respond to the airborne pollen that fills the air. It becomes allergy season here in Ft. Worth and every surrounding community. If we’re outside, we suffer the allergies or we take allergy pills or get allergy shots that we hope relieve our allergy symptoms. Fort Worth area has such an abundance of seasonal allergy triggers with airborne particulate matter that cause allergy misery. Ragweed and Mountain Cedar Allergies for example. Then we have the seasonal allergies that come when trees and flowers start to bloom, and pollen allergies start to fly. Often the allergy causing pollen here around Ft. Worth are so heavy that the pollen covers our cars and patios.
When we are affected by outdoor allergies during the allergy seasons, we seek allergy relief by going into our homes. Then we attacked by the Indoor Air Allergies from indoor air pollution. We suffer allergy attacks with sneezing, water eyes, headaches, general malaise.
Indoor Air Quality Particulate Matter
We seek relief from outdoor air pollution and allergies by going inside, only to discover that that the Indoor Air Pollution is worse than that outside. It contains more air contamination and causes us more allergy aggravation than the outdoor air pollution did. Often, we feel better outside our Ft. Worth home than we do inside, because the allergens inside of our Ft. Worth house is worse than the outdoor allergies. That’s what is known as Indoor Air Pollution or bad Indoor Air Quality. The best solution to curing our indoor allergies is to find what causes it. Texas Air Doctors will do an Air Quality Test that will identify the amount of indoor air pollution and compare it to outdoor air pollution. Additionally, we may be able to pinpoint where the pollution enters our home. By knowing where these allergies enter our home the Air Quality Experts at Texas Air Doctors can better understand how to make your home cleaner and protect you and your family from allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes and general malaise caused by the degradation of indoor air quality from the allergens. If we can keep the allergy inducing particulate matter out, we will normally feel better and suffer fewer allergy symptoms. We look for the source of all kinds of allergens mold, mildew, pollen, dust. We also look for how we can help prevent disease causing bacteria, virus, etc.
Likely sources of indoor air pollution and home allergies or illness are:
- Household dust causes allergic reactions
- Dryer lint from the clothes dryer produces millions of allergies inducing dust particles
- Household vacuum cleaners can create dusty indoor air pollution
- Attic insulation falling causes lots of bad indoor air quality
- Chemicals such as hair spray can impact indoor air quality for days
- Mold allergies can grow in the air conditioner system
- An infected sneeze can fill a room with contagious air quality
Indoor Air Quality Microbial Elements
Microbial Elements are so small that that can’t be seen by the human eye. They are microscopic bits of air pollution floating in the air. They’re usually measured in Microns. If you can see particulate matter dancing in the sunlight, it’s really very, large particulate. Breathable particulate is so small that it would take millions of them to fill the eye of a needle! They’re smaller than any of the particulate air pollution you can see. These particulates that cause Indoor Air Quality issues are so small that you don’t realize they’re present until it impacts your health by causing allergies or illness.
The best answer to Indoor Air Quality Microbial Elements is High Efficiency Filtration Systems, Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) Systems and Electrostatic Precipitators may be able to help relieve the symptoms caused by Indoor Air Pollution Microbial Elements such as allergies, asthma, and breathing difficulties.
Indoor Air Quality Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are gaseous pollution that damages the indoor air quality and impacts one’s health. We’ve all read about the trailers, supplied by FEMA, to the hurricane victims that caused them to suffer illness because the indoor air contained Formaldehyde, an air quality VOC, and contributes to Indoor Air Pollution. We’ve all enjoyed the new smell of carpet or furniture, that smell is a type of VOC and causes indoor air pollution that degrades our indoor air quality. New paint, new cabinets, clothes that were dry cleaned, virtually anything that creates an odor inside our house and makes our house smell is a detriment to good indoor air quality. Cigar smoke, cigarette smoke, pipe smoke are VOCs. All VOVs that can degrade the indoor air quality. VOCs can and often do cause allergies in our Ft. Worth homes and can cause illness.
The best answer to Indoor Air Quality Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is:
- Don’t smoke inside your Ft. Worth Area home
- Let dry cleaned clothing hang outside in the garage or porch until the VOCs dissipate
But, if those suggestions don’t work for you, the Indoor Air Quality experts at Texas Air Doctors have remedies to improving your indoor air quality. Such things as Carbon (Charcoal) Impregnated Air Filtration Systems, Photocatalytic Oxidation.
If you are suffering from indoor air pollution, or if you suspect that the indoor air quality in you Ft. Worth home needs to be improved, we can help make the air you are breathing better and more healthy.
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