During the spring and autumn, many of us open up our homes to let fresh air come in, but this isn’t always the case in the winter! In fact, while we may love being all bundled up inside our homes during the winter, drinking hot cocoa and sleeping for copious amounts of time, we could be unintentionally exposing ourselves to several indoor pollutants – both in the office and at home!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets permissible levels for air pollutants – six to be exact. They are ozone, lead, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide. It’s not enough that we have to deal with the dryness of winter air, but we also have to consider pollutants from wood stoves and other heat sources!
Common Winter Indoor Air Pollutants
The common indoor air pollutants many people from Springfield, Jefferson City, Bentonville, Joplin and Branson experience include excessive moisture, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), combustion products, pesticides, radon, dust, and even airborne viruses and bacteria. Here is a look into the lesser-known indoor air pollutants and how they come about:
Excess moisture can cause loads of problems in the home. Things like dust mites, mold and mildew can form, and excess moisture can facilitate “off gassing” of toxins from the furniture or cleaning products.
VOCs including a range of evaporated substances such as formaldehyde which are emitted by furnishings and building materials, gasoline, pesticides, and cooking processes.
Gas-fired appliances, when not vented properly to the outside, can enter the house. Since it is colorless, odorless & fatal, investing in a CO detector may be in your highest interest.
Radon is a radioactive gas which typically enters the house from the ground. It is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
How to Improve your Indoor Air Quality in Winter
- Use a humidifier to combat dry winter air.
- Have an HVAC technician check your stoves and heating systems.
- Clean out your ducts and vents. Dust, dander and other things can build up over time and be lodged in your vents!
- Open your windows regularly (especially when you are leaving the house for work and school). We know it’s cold, but your respiratory systems will thank you!
- Invest in an air purification system! This is where Aquasani can help you in staying healthy during those cold winter months!
In summary, investing in an air purifier may be in your best interest. Having peace of mind and your health (including the health of your family) is worth too much. Give us a call today and one of our service techs can provide you with a complimentary consultation on the benefits of utilizing an air purifier. Give us a call today! (417) 881-4000
About Aquasani in Springfield, Mo.
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Jefferson City, Springfield, Mo., Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, Republic, Joplin, Branson and even Harrison, Arkansas, and Bentonville. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We provide home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole house air cleaner systems, problem-solving water filtration systems for homes and offices, and we also offer a coffee service to businesses in these above-mentioned areas as well.
Aside from our purification systems, we also sell all-natural cleaning products and household items which are environmentally friendly and low-cost.
The coffee service business is simple: an office purchases coffee from us, and we provide the coffee maker/dispenser (including Keurig coffee makers), deliver the coffee to the office as often as needed, and we even clean the coffee makers monthly.
We specialize in water filtration and purification for both commercial businesses and residential homes. If that isn’t enough, we provide free trials for our coffee and water cooler services. If you would like a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us by calling (417) 881-4000 or fill out the form below and one of our Aquasani teammates will sort you out!