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Indoor Air Pollution: Why Should You Start Caring?

James Kuzmanovski, Operations Manager

With over 8 years of experience in HVAC and customer service, James is passionate about creating excellent customer and staff experience. Every day, he ensures the team at Alliance is taken care of. James is dedicated to improving processes to make sure that Alliance is easy to engage with. In his down-time, James enjoys an active lifestyle from running and rock climbing to tennis and golfing. He enjoys watching Formula 1 and cheering on our Aussie racer 🏎 – Daniel Ricciardo.

Long before the craziness of 2020, humans already devote over 90% of their lives indoors. This reality has been the norm for Aussies since the end of 2019 with ravaging bushfires that was deemed by the World Health Organisation to have a hazardous air quality index – this means everyone may experience serious health effects through the bushfire smoke.

Before the 2019/2020 bushfires, Australians are normally not aware nor concerned about air quality, so it is safe to assume that indoor air pollution isn’t a common topic around the dining table. So why should you care now? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is two to five times worse than outdoor air. In the worst-case scenario, some homes were found to have air 100x worse than the air outside.

As we march through the rest of 2020 – pandemic or a bushfire threat – more people are staying within the same four walls. In fact, we spend less than 10% of our lives outdoors. Let’s explore the indoor air quality threats that are common in most homes:

1. Deadly Gas

You may or may not have heard of a gas that is powerful enough to kill us slowly and silently. This culprit is Carbon Monoxide – a gas that is odourless and colourless so unless you have a detector you would have no clue that it is seeping through your gas appliances.

2. Poisonous Cocktails

Mixtures of different particulates can create poisonous pollutant cocktails that are bad for our health. Have a look in your kitchen – check out the disinfectant sprays used to clean the counter tops, combined with stove emissions, burnt toast from breakfast, and you’ve got an invisible and hazardous concoction.

3. Indoor Sources

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – often found in furniture such as tables, shelves and cabinets. This is usually because cheaper wooden furnishing uses wood glue, which often contains formaldehyde and decreases indoor air quality.

4. Outside Sources

Opened entryways like windows and doors or small cracks in the walls can leak pollutants naturally found outdoors like motor vehicle emissions.

Natural disasters – bushfires are a prime example of this in Australia. As the bushfires are a regular occurrence in Australia, it is important to seal your home from these pollutants.

Some buildings are also poorly designed and energy inefficient therefore trapping pollutants inside.

These are pollutants that can harm our health when consumed in a long period of time or immediately trigger existing allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.

What Can I Do Now?

Ventilation 

Steady air flow is one of the most effective ways to increase your indoor air quality via fresh air. This could look like opening a window all throughout the year even though it may get too cold in the winter seasons. It could also mean having a ventilation system installed and maintained regularly to make sure the appliances are working efficiently.

New Technology

All of our technicians have UV Blue Light installed within their air conditionings in their home. Why? UV Blue Light is proven to kill bacteria and mould within the air conditioning. This means the air conditioning is clear from harmful pollutants when circulating air into your home.

Indoor Plants 

Plants have been known for many years to have beneficial improvements to air quality. There are many different types of houseplants that can help with purifying air while others are more suitable to counter harmful pollutants coming from gas appliances. Visit your local nursery to find out what indoor plants are best suited for your home.

Air Quality Sensors

Our technicians and their families have an indoor air quality monitor installed in their homes to make sure they know exactly what they are breathing in. These devices are made to detect threatening air conditions and some devices can even connect with other smart home devices and hubs to immediately improve the homes’ air quality.

Indoor Air Pollution is real, but many are not concerned by this because we can’t see it. 

 

Contact Our Indoor Air Quality Experts Today

Indoor air pollution has existed for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until advocating for cleaner air in the 1960s that we began to pay attention to what we were breathing. Regardless of where you live in the world, one thing we can agree on is not much is being done to educate people on indoor air pollutants let alone a measure to solve the problems of poor indoor air quality.

If you are looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality the answer is simple, contact us. Let our team of experts inspect your home and ensure that your heating and cooling equipment is free from mould, dust mites, radon, allergens, and other harmful substances. We will evaluate the condition of your system and provide you with a tailored service based on its requirements.

Call us on (02) 8061 5023 to make a booking with our licensed and trained HVAC technicians today.

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