RecoupAerator Benefits: Superior Indoor Air Quality
Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Mold: Unfiltered air doesn’t just enter the home through windows and cracks. It also finds its way into the home from wet musty crawl spaces, picking up dust and mold as it sifts through walls and attics. Without a quality filtration system like the RecoupAerator, occupants are leaving the quality of the air they breathe entirely to chance. So if you don’t like the idea of breathing unhealthy air then you need to proactively control indoor air quality.
Car Exhaust: The biggest contributor of pollution from outside the home enters from the attached garage. Car exhaust contains known carcinogens and migrates into the living space through open doors and poorly sealed walls and ceilings. Air that enters the home from the garage is not only filled with exhaust, but also with airborne contaminants from pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals. Fertilizers can also enter the home from pets and foot traffic.
Volatile Organic Compounds: Contaminants are also generated inside the home. These contaminants include carbon monoxide from furnaces, boilers, stoves, clothes dryers, fireplace and water heaters. Building materials like paint, adhesives and treated wood also contribute to poor indoor air quality by offgassing hazardous chemicals referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs. VOCs are common in wood paneling, particleboard, carpets, paints, glues, finishes, and solvents. VOCs cause a wide variety of symptoms from headaches, eye irritation, and chronic coughing to memory loss, fatigue, and depression.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde may be the most common VOC of all. Formaldehyde finds its way into a home in the form of an adhesive, urea-formaldehyde, in pressed wood products such as particleboard, cabinetry, and trim. Formaldehyde is also used to make fiberglass insulation which is often wrapped around the entire home. Formaldehyde, labeled a possible carcinogen (cancer causing agent) by EPA, irritates the eyes, nose, and throat; causes nausea and fatigue; aggravate allergies; and induce attacks in people with asthma. Over time, some people develop heightened sensitivities to formaldehyde.
Household Chemicals: There’s so much talk about reducing the amount of VOCs found in building materials, but are homeowners protecting themselves from toxic household chemicals that they voluntarily bring in to the home? This is an area where indoor air quality is affected solely by the homeowner. Common household chemicals represent a huge source of contaminants. According to the EPA, as much as 25% of all toxic contaminants originate from inside the home. This translates to the average family using 55 gallons of hazardous household products per year.
Mold: Poor air circulation also often leads to moisture problems including mold and mildew. RecoupAerator helps control moisture problems in the home and filters airborne mold spores that can make your family sick.
Radon: The second leading cause of lung cancer, is a radioactive gas that typically enters a home by seeping up from the underlying earth and rock. Although there are no immediate health effects, long-term exposure to radon is a factor in approximately 2,000 to 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. The most effective way to limit health risks associated with Radon is to install a system that exchanges stale air with fresh air. To learn more about Radon contact a local Radon expert in your area.