Las Vegas Indoor Air Quality Services
Options for Improving Comfort & Health
Indoor air quality has been making news in recent years. The term indoor air quality refers to the quality of the air inside a home or building. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental dangers in the United States. At BEST Air Plumbing Repair, we offer products and services to improve indoor air quality in Las Vegas.
The Problem with Indoor Air
There are a few problems that have contributed to the poor quality of indoor air in many homes and commercial buildings. The air in most homes may be contaminated by pet dander, smoke, harmful chemicals, pollen, and other pollutants. In addition, newer homes are more airtight than ever, which causes contaminants to become trapped inside the home. An increase in contaminants and home designs that don't provide adequate ventilation work together to diminish the quality of the air in many homes.
Improving the Air in Your Home
Poor indoor air quality is bad for everyone, but especially dangerous for people with asthma, allergies, and respiratory conditions. If you are concerned about indoor air quality in Las Vegas, there are a variety of products that can help to reduce the level of pollutants and leave your air cleaner and easier to breathe. We offer professional HVAC services to improve the indoor air quality of your home.
We can help you improve indoor air quality with:
- Air filters
- UV lights
- CO detectors
- High-efficiency filters
Tips to Control Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home
The three most common approaches to reducing indoor air pollution, in order of effectiveness, are:
- Source Control: Eliminate or control the sources of pollution;
- Ventilation: Dilute and exhaust pollutants through outdoor air ventilation, and
- Air Cleaning: Remove pollutants through proven air cleaning methods.
Of the three, the first approach -- source control -- is the most effective. This involves minimizing the use of products and materials that cause indoor pollution, employing good hygiene practices to minimize biological contaminants (including the control of humidity and moisture, and occasional cleaning and disinfection of wet or moist surfaces), and using good housekeeping practices to control particles.
The second approach -- outdoor air ventilation -- is also effective and commonly employed. Ventilation methods include installing an exhaust fan close to the source of contaminants, increasing outdoor air flows in mechanical ventilation systems, and opening windows, especially when pollutant sources are in use.
The third approach -- air cleaning -- is not generally regarded as sufficient in itself, but is sometimes used to supplement source control and ventilation. Air filters, electronic particle air cleaners and ionizers are often used to remove airborne particles, and gas adsorbing material is sometimes used to remove gaseous contaminants when source control and ventilation are inadequate.
Three Basic Strategies:
- Source Control: Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate inpidual sources of pollution or to reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control is also a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs. Specific sources of indoor air pollution in your home are listed later in this section.
Ventilation Improvements: Another approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants
in your home is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors.
Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems,
do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and
doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running
a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor
ventilation rate. Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors
remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and
also increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.
It is particularly important to take as many of these steps as possible while you are involved in short-term activities that can generate high levels of pollutants--for example, painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, or sanding. You might also choose to do some of these activities outdoors, if you can and if weather permits.
Advanced designs of new homes are starting to feature mechanical systems that bring outdoor air into the home. Some of these designs include energy-efficient heat recovery ventilators (also known as air-to-air heat exchangers).
Air Cleaners: There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market, ranging from
relatively inexpensive table-top models to sophisticated and expensive
whole-house systems. Some air cleaners are highly effective at particle
removal, while others, including most table-top models, are much less
so. Air cleaners are generally not designed to remove gaseous pollutants.
The effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on how well it collects pollutants from indoor air (expressed as a percentage efficiency rate) and how much air it draws through the cleaning or filtering element (expressed in cubic feet per minute). A very efficient collector with a low air-circulation rate will not be effective, nor will a cleaner with a high air-circulation rate but a less efficient collector. The long-term performance of any air cleaner depends on maintaining it according to the manufacturer's directions.
Another important factor in determining the effectiveness of an air cleaner is the strength of the pollutant source. Table-top air cleaners, in particular, may not remove satisfactory amounts of pollutants from strong nearby sources. People with a sensitivity to particular sources may find that air cleaners are helpful only in conjunction with concerted efforts to remove the source.
Over the past few years, there has been some publicity suggesting that houseplants have been shown to reduce levels of some chemicals in laboratory experiments. There is currently no evidence, however, that a reasonable number of houseplants remove significant quantities of pollutants in homes and offices. Indoor houseplants should not be over-watered because overly damp soil may promote the growth of microorganisms which can affect allergic individuals.
At present, EPA does not recommend using air cleaners to reduce levels of radon and its decay products. The effectiveness of these devices is uncertain because they only partially remove the radon decay products and do not diminish the amount of radon entering the home. EPA plans to do additional research on whether air cleaners are, or could become, a reliable means of reducing the health risk from radon.
Call the Experts You Can Trust to Keep Your Home Safe and Clean
The right equipment for your home depends on the quality of the air and the specific problems you are having. Air filters are great for removing particles and allergens from the air inside your home. UV lights kill bacteria, viruses, and mold to improve health and comfort. A humidifier may be needed, if the air in your home is too dry. Our indoor air quality experts in Las Vegas can help you assess your needs and choose the right products for your home.
Call (702) 830-4180 to learn how we can help you improve the quality of the air in your home.