The Air That I Breathe: Importance Of Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

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“All I need is the air that I breathe,” cooed The Hollies back in the day, adding the sneaky caveat that “to love you” was also a requirement for their continued existence. Of course, the air was probably a whole lot cleaner in the 1970s when that song hit the airwaves, and “all I need is the air that I breathe processed through a complex filtration system to clean it of possibly harmful pollutants” wouldn’t have been too easy to sing along to.

The population of the Earth has effectively doubled since 1970, and with the increase in population, the industry has also grown, with new plants and factories being erected virtually every day.

But the rapid industrialization and urbanization of the modern world have come at a price.

Besides the effects of countless factories burning fossil fuel and spewing harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming, the ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road means that the air that we breathe is heavily polluted with toxins.

You might be surprised to learn, however, that the air inside your very house could be equally dangerous. Poorly processed air is a sign you need air conditioner replacement service Minnetonka MN.

That’s right, we often erroneously assume that the air inside our homes is pure but this, as this article will explain, is not necessarily the case.

Why is indoor air quality important?

Our bodies are the most magnificent and robust machines in existence. We are designed to fight off the barrage of viruses, bacteria, and contaminants that are thrown at us on a daily basis.

However, developing the necessary defenses to protect us from new threats to our immune system takes time and these mechanisms aren’t always effective against manmade contaminants.

Since the respiratory system represents the primary means for harmful pollutants to enter our bodies, breathing in polluted air can lead to asthma, allergies, and a vast number of other potentially life-threatening maladies.

What are the main pollutants found in indoor air?

Carbon monoxide is one of the most insidious and deadly of the pollutants that can be found in indoor air. Because it is completely colorless and odorless, it can remain completely undetected – until it is too late.

While carbon monoxide is most commonly produced by space heaters and faulty central heating systems, even tobacco smoke and car exhausts can produce this highly toxic gas.

Other common pollutants of indoor air are:

· Radon
· Mold
· Legionella (the bacterium responsible for Legionnaire’s Disease)
· Asbestos (although not as common in domestic settings and especially newer homes)

What can be done?

Talk to an indoor air quality specialist about having air filters and carbon monoxide detectors installed and any other measures that can be taken to improve air quality. If you’re worried about the air circulated by your air conditioning, schedule a tune-up by giving us a call at 612-724-1899 for air conditioner replacement service Minnetonka MN.

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