Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – Charlotte, NC’s IAQ Specialists
In today’s airtight homes more allergens and irritants are trapped indoors. Over 28 million Americans suffer from hay fever and allergies. Did you know your family’s indoor air quality is affected by your carpeting, couch, and bedding? Not only are they great hiding places for dust, smoke, and allergens, they can also release potentially harmful pollutants that come from the processes used to manufacture them.
A viable option to help with these issues would be to install a whole-house air cleaner — An air cleaning system, such as Trane CleanEffects™, removes airborne, health-damaging particles and allergens too tiny for your nose and mouth to filter naturally. And the Trane CleanEffects pr is the first whole-home air cleaner in the in-duct electrostatic air cleaner category to have earned the “Asthma and Allergy Friendly” Certification by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AFAA).
The AFAA is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to helping those afflicted with asthma and allergies through support, research, education, and advocacy. As part of its efforts, the AFAA organization has partnered with Allergy Standards Limited to create the “Asthma and Allergy Friendly” Certification Program.
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. In addition, people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have respiratory diseases are at greater risk.
There are many sources of indoor air quality irritants in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Learn more about Ventilation, Filtration and Improving Indoor Air Quality.