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Why Biological Pollutants Are an IAQ Issue

Indoor air quality is an important and ongoing concern in your Alabama home. Biological pollutants come from living organisms and have specific detrimental impacts on your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). With a good understanding of how they enter your air and some HVAC help, you can remove these pollutants from your air.

What Are Biological Pollutants?

Biological pollutants include things like pet dander, dust mites, bugs, pollen, and bacteria. If it comes from or is a living thing and has adverse effects on the human health, then it falls under the biological pollutant umbrella. We’re concerned about biological pollutants as part of IAQ because they can cause allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and other health issues.

Biological Pollutants and Respiratory Health

Respiratory problems are a major reason to address the biological pollutants in your home. From stuffy noses to lung tissue inflammation to severe allergic reactions, the problems humans face from breathing in unclean air are vast. Over time, breathing in some of these pollutants like mold spores can cause long-term chronic issues.

Your HVAC Machine and Biological Pollutants

Bigger contaminants, like pet hair and bits of bugs, can cause internal damage to HVAC machines. Not many people realize that litter boxes cause specific issues. Though litter itself isn’t a biological contaminant, it contains one in the cat waste that ends up in the box. Cat urine is powerful enough to corrode sheet metal, which could happen if any unclean litter ends up in your ducts via your HVAC system. If you have the box sitting too near the furnace, litter dust also cakes onto the sensor in your furnace and prevents the furnace from operating correctly.

At One Source Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we take biological pollutants seriously. Have one of our technicians to your home to discuss air filters and air purifiers that will keep your indoor air clean. If you’d like to talk about coil cleaning and UV lights, we’re happy to help. Call us at (205) 509-1929.

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