3 Common Culprits Reducing Your IAQ

//3 Common Culprits Reducing Your IAQ

3 Common Culprits Reducing Your IAQ

When you think of air pollution, oftentimes people think of billowing gray smoke from nearby factories or the thick clouds of car exhaust in Atlanta traffic.  However, researchers have estimated that indoor air pollution is up to five times worse than outdoor air pollution, which means sitting in your office can be more hazardous to your health than sitting on the interstate in rush hour.

Considering the average American spends 90% of their time indoors, this is rapidly becoming a significant health problem.  Indoor air pollution has been linked to both short-term effects like skin irritation, coughing, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, watery eyes and sneezing, to long-term effects like cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, respiratory infections, and even cancer.

So what are common sources of indoor air pollution in both your school, hospital, or workplace?

Chemical Cleaners
Common industrial and household cleaners like air fresheners, disinfectant, floor polish, and aerosol sprays release harmful contaminants in the air like bleach, ammonia, chlorine, phthalates, perchloroethylene, synthetic fragrances, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  Chemical cleaners also contain possible carcinogens, skin and eye irritants, and respiratory irritants.  Once these are sprayed into the air or used to clean floors or furniture, these harmful chemicals are released into the air, lowering indoor air quality and contributing to indoor air pollution.

At Green Air Environmental, this is why we have committed to harnessing the all-natural power of steam instead of relying on toxic chemical cleaners.  We understand how these chemical cleaners impact your indoor air quality, damage expensive equipment, and don’t fully penetrate the coil to truly clean your equipment.

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Bacteria and Viruses
Bacteria and viruses (like influenza, measles, and chickenpox) are easily spread through common, everyday activities like breathing, talking, coughing, sneezing, and spraying liquids. This causes harmful bacteria and viruses to quickly spread through the air.  Poor circulation, improper airflow, humid air, and poorly maintained ventilation systems increase the survival rate of these dangerous pathogens that can easily make building occupants sick.

At Green Air Environmental, we prove our process works to increase your airflow and energy efficiency with documented results.  We provide all our clients with extensive documentation showing the before and after performance of their equipment.  This data shows you important maintenance benchmarks like airflow, temperature control, and energy savings to show you how our services gave you a return on your investment.

Building Products
Did you know that certain materials used to make furniture (like plywood or pressed-wood products) release harmful toxins like formaldehyde, VOCs, paints, adhesives, solvents, and toxic chemicals like benzene into the air via a process called off-gassing? When these chemicals are released into the air, they can cause acute health problems like headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and skin and eye irritations.
   
 At Green Air Environmental, we work with our clients to increase their indoor air quality so they can breathe easier.  This is especially important in the work with do with K-12 schools, colleges, hospitals, and major facilities.  To speak with a Green Air specialist about how we can help your facility, call us today at 1-800-789-3734 or connect with us here.