How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

PROTECT YOUR HEALTH BY IMPROVING YOUR AIR QUALITY

Today’s well-insulated homes make it easier and more economical to maintain a comfortable environment indoors, but they also tend to trap pollutants inside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is typically many times more polluted than the outdoor air in cities like Minneapolis. Included in the mix of pollutants are contaminants like dust mites, animal dander, mold, and pollen that can trigger asthma attacks or exacerbate allergy symptoms. At Blue Ox Heating & Air, we offer high-quality filtration products designed to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

INDOOR AIR POLLUTION HEALTH RISKS

For those that suffer from asthma, allergies, or lung disease, indoor pollutants pose significant health risks. Even those without respiratory conditions, however, can experience symptoms like headaches, nausea, congestion, and fatigue from everyday exposure to contaminants. Long-term exposure increases the risk of developing chronic lung conditions and even lung cancer.

WHOLE-HOME AIR PURIFYING SOLUTIONS

A whole-house air purifier works with your existing central heating and cooling system to block contaminants from the air that you breathe. A box-like unit equipped with a high efficiency filtration system is fitted into the air distribution ductwork. Some models feature electrically charged filters or ultraviolet lights that capture and kill harmful biological contaminants like bacteria, mold, and mildew.

HIGH EFFICIENCY AIR FILTERS

While it’s true that the conditioned air that HVAC systems deliver must first pass through an air filter, the amount and size of the particles that are trapped by a typical flat panel model is extremely limited. Replacing a conventional filter with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) model can help everyone breathe easier.

HEPA air filters are engineered to filter out 99.97% of contaminants measuring 0.3 microns and larger. When it comes to contaminants, size matters. The smaller a particulate is, the greater the health risk it presents. Tobacco smoke, for example, has particulates as small as 0.5 microns.

BREATHE BETTER AIR TODAY

When you’re looking for a Minneapolis air quality company that can make the air in your home safer and healthier to breathe, count on Blue Ox Heating & Air for reliable and affordable solutions. To learn more about our indoor air quality products and services, contact us today.

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