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Like the rest of North America, Nebraskans are spending more time indoors than even a generation ago, living and working in buildings that often don't have enough ventilation; exposed to mold and other pollutants regularly; and surrounded by more chemicals than ever before. Given these circumstances, even if the air quality index outside is "good," it's not going to make the indoor air quality better!
We're breathing in a lot of bad stuff, at work, at school and at home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality poses real health risks for many American families. Home performance services from AEA include air quality testing to identify and fix problems that lead to poor indoor air quality and increased risk of asthma, allergies, and exposure to carcinogens.
Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a number of factors, but the typical culprits are pet dander, dirt, dust, mold, chemicals from building materials, smoke from fireplaces and humidity. As houses get tighter and more energy efficient, more pollutants stay in the house.
There are three main components to improving indoor air quality:
First thing first: get rid of the polluting culprits. Store chemicals outside, strip out dust-harbouring old carpets, keep clear of moisture problems by removing the usual suspects.
This doesn't mean turning on the bathroom fan! This means using a whole-house mechanical ventilation system that exchanges stale, moist air for fresh, warm air in a controlled manner. This could be a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or an enthalpy recovery ventilator (ERV).
There are some polluting culprits that you are not going to eliminate (your cherished pets, for example). You may not be in a position to install a whole-house ventilation system. Your next option, then, is to filter and treat the air in the house.
AEA has partnered with CirrusAir to bring a "little something" to your attention.
There are five major categories of indoor air quality dangers:
Sub-micron particles create a stewpot of these air quality dangers, including: allergy-causing pollen, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and stubborn odors. Packing over 100 years of air treatment innovation into a compact, affordable whole-home air purification solution, CirrusAir filters the sub-micron stuff that normal filters and air purifiers can't touch.
What does this mean?
The air in your home will be classified with the same standard as a pharmaceutical prep lab. To enforce this guarantee, every installation includes pre-testing and post-testing.
AEA was founded to help families enjoy more comfortable and healthier homes by providing excellent diagnostic services. American Energy Advisors is the exclusive distributor and installer of CirrusAir products in Omaha, Elkhorn, Gretna, Papillion, Bellevue and surrounding areas.