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March 27, 2012
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks. The air inside your home can be up to 100 more polluted than the air outside. UV germicidal lamp can improve your indoor air quality and reduce asthma and allergy problems.
Indoor Air Quality
Today's homes have been built to hold air inside and minimize air leaks. This tight construction saves you money on energy bills by avoiding heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. However, it also keeps dust, mold, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants inside your home.
Types of Indoor Air Pollutants
The pollutants in your home come from a variety of sources including pets and plants. Also the natural condensation caused in your heating and cooling system can be a great place for mold and mildew to grow. Almost all homes have more than a healthy concentration of one or more of the following.
- Mold, mildew or fungus
- Bacteria, virus
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Tobacco smoke
- Dust, soil, ash
There are several things you can do around your house to help improve the indoor air quality your family breathes. These steps will reduce the number of pollutants in your home and help family members that struggle with asthma and allergies.
Clean. Modern vacuums have filters that trap many of the common pollutants. Carpets, upholstery and curtains are a common place for those pollutants to settle. Regularly vacuuming and cleaning your home greatly reduces the number of airborne contaminants circulating through the air you breathe. Cleaning the ducts in your HVAC system is also helpful.
Ventilate. If the weather allows and the air in your area is not experiencing high pollution, it may be a good idea to allow your home to air out by opening all the windows for a day. This may not be a good idea for those that are allergic to pollen and other allergens that are more common outdoors.
Sterilize. Even when doing everything else correctly, you probably still have indoor air quality problems. According to the American College of Allergists 50% of illnesses are caused or aggravated by mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi and overall poor indoor air quality. A UV germicidal lamp is designed to kill those pollutants.
By combining regular cleaning habits with a whole-home air sterilizer like a UV germicidal lamp, you can protect yourself and your family from the air pollutants that can cause or aggravate allergies and asthma.
Schedule an in-home air quality analysis with Pippin Brothers and start breathing easier.