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What is Sick Building Syndrome and How Do Air Purifiers Help?

Have you ever heard of the term sick building syndrome, or SBS? This syndrome causes building occupants to feel sick and unwell, but they don’t know why. It can happen in homes, apartments, and places of work, too.

While it’s difficult to pin down why you don’t feel so well, it’s widely believed that the contaminants in the air combined with being in a confined space are a cocktail of conditions that lead to SBS.

An air purifier in Loveland, OH is usually the solution. We want to explain more about SBS, and how an air purifier can truly help you start feeling better as soon as possible.

Biological Contaminants

A biological contaminant is not a man-made chemical; it’s one that occurs naturally. Think of household cleaning chemicals vs naturally occurring mold spores.

These organisms find a way to not only exist in your home, but float around in the air and get you sick or at the very least lower your indoor air quality. They can breed and create more spores and continuously bleed into your air supply.

Your home might have bacteria, viruses, mold, and other organic matter that contaminates your air. Organic material can be left behind by bugs, spiders, and even pets. These contaminants aren’t going anywhere on their own (except into your lungs).

Biological contaminants also include dust, dander, and allergens that can float in from outside when you open the door or windows.

The best thing to do is find out where these biological contaminants are coming from, and putting a stop to the source. A nice deep cleaning of your home will do that.

But what about everything that’s already in the air?

VOCs and How They Hurt You

VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, and they’re found floating around in your air. Many of them are okay to breathe in as long as they’re in small amounts, but they don’t stem from the places you might think.

Even though it has “organic” in the name, VOCs are most commonly put into the air through air fresheners and spray products. This includes all the chemicals you have in your cabinet that you use while you’re cleaning.

VOCs cause irritation to your eyes, nose, and throat. They can bring on headaches and fatigue and even make you dizzy. That’s how powerful poor indoor air quality can be.

Air Purifiers Pull VOCs and Biological Contaminants From the Air

An air purifier pulls in air, traps contaminants and VOCs, and outputs clean air for you to breathe. The best part? Even for a whole-house air purifier, it only takes a few hours for you to start feeling the difference. These run often to help keep new compounds out of the air as well.

Schedule Your Air Purifier Installation Today

Now that you know how powerful your indoor air quality really is, it’s time to install something that can help bring it up to the next level. Your air purifier installation will change the way you breathe and reduce the chance of SBS.

Contact JM Mechanical Heating & Cooling today to schedule your air purifier installation and start living a healthier, happier life as soon as possible.

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