Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Services in Las Vegas, NV
Did you know that, according to the EPA, most Americans spend approx 90% of their time indoors, where the concentrations of pollutants can often be 4 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations? In fact, the top 5 air quality pollutants in the U.S. are all indoor-air pollutants.
This means that each hour you spend indoors at your Las Vegas home/office, you inhale x4 more pollutants than if you were to sit on your patio (or anywhere outside).
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Common residential indoor pollutants include:
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Effects of Indoor Air Pollution
All of the above pollutants can have (temporary) short term effects as well as (permanent) long-term effects on human health. In addition they can result in odors, dampness, stale air, and stuffiness also make a house less comfortable.
Short Term Effects
A single exposure to poor IAQ can lead to irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headache, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short term and treatable.
Long Term Effects
Years of exposure to pollutants can lead to respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Small daily things can make a big difference when it comes to the quality of air in your home. Some of these things include:
Regular HVAC System Maintenance – One of the things that most homeowners overlook is how lack of regular maintenance can so quickly turn into a nightmare
Routine HVAC System & Filter Clean-up – It’s surprising how quickly your HVAC system can get dirty. When your air conditioner or furnace is running consistently, it can get bogged down from build-up in just a few months.
Improve Ventilation – This issue may not only make your HVAC system overwork due to lack of air circulation, but it may also hint at an even bigger problem lurking beneath the surface.
Control Moisture – Moisture in your home now can lead to mold later. Keep your indoor air dry.
While these day to day habits are good, they are just another thing you have to remember and worry about. If you’d like a “set it and forget it solution” that can reduce the quality of the air in your home by 99.999999% within a couple of hours, we have the solutions for you.
Studies show that air trapped inside homes and buildings can be far more polluted than the air outside. No matter how often you clean your house, your air can be filled with dust, pet dander, pollen, chemical fumes, viruses, and more. Opening windows helps, but when it’s cold outside, you need a system that brings fresh air in without letting all your heat out. Ask us about ventilator systems that remove stuffy air and stale odors without sacrificing comfort.
The common culprits that pollute indoor air are relatively harmless—dust, pet dander, pollen, fabric fibers, and other common household particles. If you have allergies or asthma, they can aggravate symptoms but are usually manageable. Other airborne hazards are not so easily dismissed. Mold, radon, carbon monoxide, lead particles, asbestos, nitrogen dioxide, and secondhand smoke are all serious threats to your health. An air quality test can identify these potential problems, and we can recommend indoor air quality products to help keep you safe.
There are a number of products that can help alleviate symptoms, but it depends on what you’re allergic to. If dust, pet dander, or certain chemical fumes bother you, an air cleaner and purifier can remove up to 95 percent of the particles that cause your sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes. If you’re sensitive to microorganisms like mold or pollen, add UV lamps. When ultraviolet lights are installed in your heating and air conditioning system, they emit an electrical charge that kills these tiny nuisances instead of allowing them to grow and recirculate through your home. UV lights also kill bacteria and viruses that cause colds, flues, infections, and other illnesses, so they are a great option for any home.
You bet. Homes with consistently high humidity levels are often breeding grounds for mold and dust mites so expect more allergy issues, not to mention warped wood floor and furniture and damaging condensation on windows. On the other hand, extremely low humidity promotes the growth of certain bacteria and viruses that can lead to respiratory infections, and you’ll probably also notice itchy skin, dry coughing, bloody noses, sore throats, and constant jolts of static electricity. Ask us about whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers that maintain constant, comfortable, and healthy humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.
New homes are built to be airtight and efficient, but your house needs to breathe. When air is trapped inside, so is excess humidity. This can lead to condensation or ice on your windows in winter—both of which can damage and rot wood frames and lead to mold growth. If you have a newer home, ask us about an air quality test. Not only can we identify and offer solutions for humidity problems, but we also have air purifiers to address the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new carpet, paint, and other construction materials that are likely present in your home.
Yes, houseplants are effective natural air purifiers—not only do they produce oxygen as they grow, but they also absorb certain toxics and help moderate humidity levels. Some types that are great for improving indoor air include English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, and Spider Plants.
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