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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

SumZero takes Indoor Air Quality very seriously and puts it at the forefront of our core values.

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SumZero is a Residential Heating Cooling and Insulation contractor who interfaces and deals with the general public on a daily basis and therefore we strive to create an indoor environment that promotes the immune functions of occupants. We see HVAC equipment as a last line of defense against air contaminants’, inadequate humidity and air pollutant infiltration. As an industry professional that is why we feel a huge responsibility to educate our clients, offer solutions that are specific to their situation, and install it with a lot of care. 

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SumZero takes Indoor Air Quality very seriously and puts it at the forefront of our core values.​As a Residential Heating, Cooling and Insulation contractor who interfaces and deals with Consumers’ health on a daily basis, our goal is to create an indoor environment that promotes the immune functions of occupants. ​We see HVAC equipment as a last line of defense against air contaminants’, inadequate humidity and air pollutant infiltration. As an industry professional that is why we feel a huge responsibility to educate our clients, offer solutions that are specific to their situation, and install it with a lot of care.

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Know Your Air

Indoor air quality refers to the air quality inside the building. It is dependent on the interaction between indoor, outdoor and humid environment.

KNOW YOUR AIR

Outdoor Air Pollution has the GREATEST risk on human health. Health effects of outdoor pollution are mostly related to overexposure to PM (particulate matter) and Ozone.

Three Categories of Indicators

The ROE presents indicators for three different types of air pollutants: criteria pollutants; air toxics and other pollutants; and stratospheric ozone issues.

Criteria pollutants

These six pollutants (carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter of different size fractions, and sulfur dioxide) are common in outdoor air and can harm human health and the environment. They are referred to as “criteria pollutants” because EPA regulates them by developing human health-based or environmentally-based criteria (or science-based assessments) for setting permissible levels. Specifically, the Clean Air Act requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for these pollutants. EPA is required to periodically review and update the NAAQS to reflect the latest scientific information on how outdoor air quality affects human health and the environment.

Air toxics and other air pollutants

Air toxics, also known as hazardous air pollutants, are known or suspected to cause cancer and other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental effects. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA regulates air toxics from stationary and mobile sources. In addition, EPA's Toxics Release Inventory contains information on releases to air, land, and water for over 650 toxic chemicals.

Stratospheric ozone issues

The stratospheric ozone layer lies between 6 and 20 miles above the Earth's surface and protects the Earth's biota from harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Past and ongoing releases of a number of synthetic chemicals from throughout the world have depleted the ozone layer, allowing more ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth's surface. This can lead to increased incidence of skin cancer, cataracts, and other health problems.1 High levels of ultraviolet radiation can also cause detrimental ecological effects, such as stressing productivity of marine phytoplankton, which are essential components of the oceanic food web.

Proper action steps should be to stop outdoor pollutants at the source if possible or at least from infiltrating our homes. Once in our home particles can be captured by Air Purifiers that have capabilities to capture even the smallest particles. Contact SumZero to learn which solution would be the best for your home.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says that indoor air is 5 to 6 times polluted than the outdoor air.  Quality of the indoor air we breath can have a significant effects to our health.

Immediate Effects

Some health effects may show up shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to a pollutant. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person's exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants, symptoms of some diseases such as asthma may show up, be aggravated or worsened.

The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors including age and preexisting medical conditions. In some cases, whether a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity, which varies tremendously from person to person. Some people can become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants after repeated or high level exposures.

Certain immediate effects are similar to those from colds or other viral diseases, so it is often difficult to determine if the symptoms are a result of exposure to indoor air pollution. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to the time and place symptoms occur. If the symptoms fade or go away when a person is away from the area, for example, an effort should be made to identify indoor air sources that may be possible causes. Some effects may be made worse by an inadequate supply of outdoor air coming indoors or from the heating, cooling or humidity conditions prevalent indoors.

Long-Term Effects

Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.

While pollutants commonly found in indoor air can cause many harmful effects, there is considerable uncertainty about what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems. People also react very differently to exposure to indoor air pollutants. Further research is needed to better understand which health effects occur after exposure to the average pollutant concentrations found in homes and which occurs from the higher concentrations that occur for short periods of time.

We all know that humidity is vaporized water in the air. Relative humidity refers to the percentage of water vapor in the air at a given temperature, compared with water vapor that the air is capable of holding at that temperature. When the air at a certain temperature has all the water vapor it can hold at that temperature, the relative humidity is said to be 100%. When the relative humidity of a place is too high or too low, it can cause health problems, discomfort and generally less hygienic atmosphere.

How does humidity affect air quality?

Bacteria and viruses that cause respiratory infections thrive in extremely high and extremely low humidity.
Mold spores, dust mites and other allergens survive best in high humidity environments.
Higher humidity can increase the levels of noxious chemicals in the air, which may include ozone and formaldehyde.

How does humidity affect your home?

Poor indoor air quality caused by improper humidity levels can cause a wide range of problems, from making your family sick to damaging your walls, floors, and furniture.

High humidity is more of a problem in the summer, and is often found in homes with inadequate ventilation and poorly functioning air conditioning systems. High relative humidity conditions (over about 50-60%, depending on the temperature) can cause problems such as:

Damp air resulting in mold growth that can cause musty orders as well as symptoms ranging from nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation to dangerous lung infections.

High concentrations of dust mites can aggravate asthma symptoms.

High humidity can make warm temperatures feel even warmer, leading to an increase in heat-related illnesses like heat rash, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.Damp air creates condensation which damages indoor building materials.

The majority of adverse health effects caused by relative humidity can be minimized by maintaining indoor levels between 40 and 60%. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends temperature ranges of 68°F to 78°F at 50% relative humidity as comfortable for most homes.

Improving indoor air quality in your home can be a daunting task. If the epidemic in your building is getting out of control, getting the best possible air quality means working hand-in-hand with qualified professionals who understand and can service the equipment that moves the air. A correctly designed and properly maintained HVAC system keeps humidity at correct levels.

Common Air Pollutants and Effects to Human Health

Indoor air quality refers to the air quality inside the building. It is dependent on the interaction between indoor, outdoor and humid environment.

Allergic Reactions - Rhinitis, Nasal Congestion​

Dust Mites​

Eye , Nose, Throat Burning Sensation; Headaches, Vomiting​

Formaldehyde​

Eye, Nose, Throat Irritation, Infection, Headache, Memory Loss, Hair Loss, Rash, Fatigue​

Mold

Fatigue, Memory Loss, Balance Issues, Headaches, Disorientation​

Carbon Monoxide​

GI Issues, Vomiting, Diarrhea​

Bacteria​

Conjunctival Inflammation, Urticaria, Asthma

Animal Dander​

Headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue; eye, nose and throat irritation, respiratory distress​

Chemical Off Gassing

Eye , Nose, Throat Irritation, Persistent Cough​

Fiberglass

Influenza, Chickenpox, Mumps, Measles, Tuberculosis (TB), Diphtheria

Airborne Diseases

Chest tightness, Coughing, Allergic Reactions​

Mice and Roaches

Headaches, Coughing, Dryness, Eye, Nose Throat Irritation​

Fireplaces and Stoves

Headaches, Irritability, Fatigue​

Noise

Products That Help Combat COVID-19

The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The disease it causes has been named “Coronavirus (COVID-19)". At this time COVID-19 virus has not been made available for testing. However, the iWave family of products have been proven through independent lab testing to significantly reduce a wide variety of pathogens and viruses similar to coronavirus in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.
It is important to note that we make no medical claims.

No Maintenance Air Purifier for Residential Systems

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Mini Flexible Air Purifier for Ductless and other HVAC systems
ideal for ductless systems

iWave-M is a flexible ion-generating bar that can treat IAQ in nearly any HVAC application. The air purifier provides the highest level of ionization energy in the most compact size available in the market, producing 240 million ions/cc per linear feet. The highly versatile iWave-M is low maintenance with no replacement parts. As the air flows past the iWave-M, the device emits positive and negative ions, creating a plasma region that purifies the air, killing mold, bacteria and viruses in the coil and living space. The ionization process also reduces allergens, smoke and static electricity, as well as controlling odors (cooking, pet, VOCs) and other particles (no more sunbeams) in the air without creating ozone or any harmful byproducts.

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Special ion needles routed in a flexible bar circuit
Compact design applicable for HVAC cooling coils up to 36" wide
Flex easily in the field to accommodate virtually any application
No replacement parts
Kills mold, bacteria and viruses
Keeps coil cleaner / UL and cUL approved

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What Can You Do To Improve Your Home's Air Quality?

Keeping the air in your home pure and breathable requires diligence and preventative maintenance. The information provided here is based on current scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that may be caused by indoor air pollution.

EASY TIPS

For most indoor air quality problems in the home, source control is the most effective solution.

Now you know the air quality within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air even in the largest and most industrialized cities. But there are things you can do to seriously improve your indoor air quality and make your home a healthier place.

Maintain a clean environment

This includes regular vacuuming with a HEPA rated vacuum cleaner, dusting and wiping down hard surfaces, and washing cloth products such as bedding, clothing, and curtains.

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Keep a smoke free environment

Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Secondhand smoke, classified by EPA as a Group A carcinogen, contains more than 7,000 substances.

HVAC Air Filters

Replace and maintain all HVAC air filters. For higher filtration levels and for those with high sensitivities, consider having an electronic air cleaner or air purifier installed on the HVAC system.

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HVAC System Updates

Have all HVAC equipment serviced by a professional annually to ensure correct operation, safety, and ventilation issues. Install a carbon monoxide detector as an extra security precaution against carbon monoxide poisoning and replace every 3-10 years according to the manufacturer’s warranty instructions.

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Keep a smoke free environment

Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Secondhand smoke, classified by EPA as a Group A carcinogen, contains more than 7,000 substances.

Moisture Control

Control the moisture in your home with the use of a well-maintained humidifier or dehumidifier. The EPA recommends maintaining humidity levels at 30-50%.

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Chemical Pollutants Control

Always use proper ventilation methods when using a kitchen range or bathing and when cleaning, painting, or using chemical products.

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Radon Testing & Mitigation

Have Radon testing done. Contact your state radon office or visit www.epa.gov for more information.

Check Your Air Ducts

Air ducts are responsible for distributing hot and cold air throughout your home, providing a comfortable climate in every room. Hire a professional to make sure your ducts are circulating fresh, clean air.

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