When health officials talk about particulate matter (PM), they’re usually referring to pollutants in outdoor air. Scientists note that indoor PM levels can surpass outdoor levels, posing a greater threat to your health in Atlanta, GA. Read on to learn why it’s so important to reduce your exposure to indoor particulate matter.
What Is Particulate Matter?
The term particulate matter is used to describe a mix of solid and liquid particles that linger in the air we breathe. Particles that 10 microns or less are considered the most damaging to our health. How small is a micron? A human hair is typically around 50 microns in diameter. Contaminants that are smaller than 10 microns are so small that they get inhaled deep into the lungs. They can even enter the bloodstream. Many indoor pollutants fall into the PM category.
- Smoke, dust, pollen, pet dander and cooking fumes
- Biologicial contaminants like mold, bacteria and viruses
- Gases emitted from paints, pesticides and cleaning products
Health Effects of PM Exposure
Scientific studies have found that the smaller the particle, the greater the risk to your health. People with chronic conditions like heart disease and asthma are especially vulnerable, as are very young children and seniors. Even otherwise healthy people can experience symptoms ranging from itchy eyes and sore throats to nasal congestion and headaches. Prolonged exposure to PM puts everyone’s wellbeing at risk.
HVAC Solutions to Poor Indoor Air Quality
As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning offers a range of indoor air quality products that help keep the air clean and healthy. Top of the list is the award-winning Infinity Air Purifier. Working in tandem with your central air system, it removes up to 9t percent of airborne pathogens down to 0.3 microns in size.
From whole-house filters to ventilation systems, we’re proud to provide Greater Atlanta with effective solutions for problems with particulate matter. For more information, explore our indoor air quality section or call Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning today.