Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

People are getting more aware about the harmful effects of air pollution. They are making sure that they don’t add to the air pollution by making many life style changes. They take a lot of care about the pollution outside their home, but very few are aware that the air inside the house can contain harmful pollutants. Studies have shown that indoor air pollution is on the rise and this is a cause for concern. Environmentalists have started awareness campaigns to help people understand the harmful effects of air pollution.

In 2001, research done at the National Center for Health Statistics showed that more than 12.7 million adults, belonging to the age group of 18-44 years, and more than 7.6 million children belonging to the age group of 5-17 years, suffer from asthma. Indoor air pollution was attributed as one of the prime causes of this ailment. The USEPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) has marked this air even more polluted than the air outside. It is no wonder that it has become a prime concern to ensure quality indoor air services. There are a number of agencies that offer indoor air quality services in San Jose and Santa Clara. You need to choose a reliable service provider like 72 Degrees Cooper Brothers Cooper Brothers who will help you breathe fresh and clean air and steer clear of respiratory problems and ailments.

Common pollutants that affect indoor air quality

Infectious agents – Indoor air contains a number of infectious agents, which can cause viral and bacterial infections like pneumonia, sinusitis, severe throat and ear infections etc. Allergens are filtered by home comfort systems, but if the filters get clogged and fail to perform, allergens and particulates could get through. This could cause wheezing and coughing, throat and nose irritation, congestion, asthma flare-ups etc.

Toxic compounds - These toxic compounds that can be found in indoor air include pesticides, carbon monoxide, mold toxins, formaldehyde etc, which are controlled by Ultraviolet Germicidal (UVC) along with ozone (UVV) light. These compounds cause memory lapse, headaches, depression, lethargy, and other ailments.

What is the cause of indoor air pollution?

For a while now, buildings have been constructed with extra emphasis on being air tight to conserve energy. Storm doors and windows, extra insulation has been installed in homes. Caulk and weather stripping are used to seal cracks and openings. This is great from an energy conservation standpoint, but they also limit the amount of polluted air that can escape or be diluted, allowing indoor air pollutants to build up to unhealthy levels.

Another cause of unhealthy indoor air is the tremendous increase in the number of synthetic and composite materials being used during construction, renovation and furnishing of dwellings. All of them contain chemical pollutants and combined with a lack of natural ventilation, they could reach concentration levels where they become hazardous to the occupants.

What can be done to prevent indoor air pollution?

Your maintenance company will do a check to see the quality of your indoor air. If the quality is not up to hygienic standards, they will let you know where the problem lies. 72 Degrees Cooper Brothers have trained and professional indoor air quality Comfort Advisors who can introduce you to an arsenal of high-efficiency 21st century pollution-fighting systems! Some of them are:

  • Filters designed to capture 99% of the airborne allergens and particulates in your home
  • Air enrichment and UV germicidal systems designed to rid your home of odors while controlling the pathogenic toxins in your air
  • Filters with efficiencies from 15 times to 12,000 times greater than your supermarket or “big box” retailer throw-away!

If the problem is caused by your ducts, a good maintenance company like 72 Degrees Cooper Brothers Cooper Brothers who offer their maintenance services in Santa Clara and San Jose will send their team around immediately to ensure that your units and ducts are fixed and sealed properly and the problem is solved. There are many products on the market today that will work with your existing home comfort system to provide unmatched filtration and purity.

Indoor Air Quality Specialists

At 72 Degrees Cooper Brothers Cooper Brothers, we emphasize on the need to have healthy air in your home. We have Comfort Advisors who would be happy to visit your home for a free Indoor Air Quality Analysis. They can answer any questions that you have and help you figure out what would be best for you and what options would best fit your family’s needs.

To get in touch with 72 Degrees Cooper Brothers, visit our appointments page and fill out the form. One of their customer service staff will get in touch with you immediately. You can also call 408-649-2008 to fix an appointment.