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Dan Buglio is a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional by the:
So, what are all these Indoor Air Pollutants I'm breathing?
Step 1. Understand that airborne contaminants are made up of:
1. Particulates: These consist of very small solids drifting in air currents, such as: dust, dust mites, dander (which is human or animal skin flakes), soot, dirt, pollen, and smoke particles. Some are visible, but most too small to see. The majority of particulates that cause health problems are those under 3 microns in size and are too small for the body's natural filtering systems (like nose hair or mucus in the sinuses) to capture and filter out before entering your lungs.
2. Microbial or biological contaminants: These are the living airborne contaminants like bacteria, germs, viruses, fungi, pollen and mold spores. Many people with allergies react severely to living mold or pollen spores.
3. Gases/Fumes/VOCís: Indoor gases such as benzene, formaldehyde, chloroform, hydrogen sulfide and ammonia are released from furniture, cabinets, carpets, cleaning chemicals, copy machines, insulation, insect sprays, hair sprays, etc. Any furniture or carpet that is made with fire retardant materials gives off these chemical fumes.
4. Odors: Pets, cigarettes, cigars, cooking, cleaning detergent odors fit into this category. While many odors are carried in gases, fumes or even on airborne particles, removing odors is a common use of an air cleaner or air purifier.
It is very important to realize exactly which of these airborne contaminants are causing you trouble. Once you know the source of the problem, finding the solution to your problem is as easy as looking at our product rating charts for our entire product line and selecting the one best suited to solving your specific problem.
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