As your local National Radon Defense dealer, Thrasher is trained and certified to prevent radon gas from entering your home and alleviate a host of indoor air pollution. Our specialists go through extensive training in order to properly educate our customers about the importance of indoor air quality.
At Thrasher, we specialize in mitigating and controlling the top two EPA air quality categories of indoor air pollutants: microbial growth (mold, fungus, mildew and mold spores) and dangerous gases, like radon. We also offer the Breathe EZ air filter to help control the other three EPA air quality categories that include things like allergens, many types of bacteria, and toxic compounds like formaldehyde and pesticides.
The EPA ranks indoor air quality in five categories with “dangerous gases” being the most serious.
Danger Level 5: Dangerous Gases
Radon and carbon monoxide are potentially deadly gases that exist in many homes across the U.S. Approximately one in fifteen homes has high levels of radon gas. What makes these gases of particular concern is that they are odorless, tasteless, and invisible. Radon gas occurs naturally as uranium in soil and rocks decays. It may enter your home through cracks or other unsealed openings in concrete slabs and foundations.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances, such as furnaces, boilers, water heaters, and wood stoves. Idling automobiles and outdoor power equipment also produce CO.
Together, radon and carbon monoxide are responsible for the thousands of deaths every year in the United States and Canada. In fact, radon-induced lung cancer kills 21,000 people a year in the U.S. alone.
Danger Level 4: Microbial Growth
Fungus, including mold and mildew, can cause a wide variety of ailments. As these micro-organisms grow, they produce microscopic spores that can easily travel to all areas of your home. These spores are so tiny that they can unknowingly enter your lungs as you inhale.
Sensitivity to spores can range from mild irritation to severe health problems. Symptoms include nose and throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, wheezing, eye irritation, skin irritation, shortness of breath, and asthma flares. Excessive mold has been linked to the development of asthma in children. For immunocompromised people, or for those with chronic lung diseases, there is greater risk of opportunistic fungal infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Danger Level 3: Allergens & Particulates
Common allergens and particulates include dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke (both wood and tobacco), vehicle exhaust, and insect debris. Health effects associated with these indoor air pollutants are nose and throat irritation, runny noses, congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and asthma flares. Even worse, having particulates in the air can significantly increase the danger of radon gas. Gas particles attach to the dust and smoke particles, are inhaled, and lodge themselves in lung tissue.
Thrasher’s strategies for reducing allergens and particulates include dehumidification and the installation of an electronic air filter or an energy recovery ventilator in existing HVAC systems.
Danger Level 2: Infectious Illnesses
Indoor air pollution includes airborne bacteria and viruses. Such contaminants are carried into the home by family members and pets. Infectious disease can include either bacterial diseases such as streptococcus, pneumococcus, and tuberculosis or viral diseases such as influenza, RSV, pneumonia, common cold viruses, and SARS. The health effects associated with this danger level are sinusitis, upper respiratory issues, throat and ear infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Thrasher highly-effective air filtration solutions can reduce the presence of viruses and bacteria in your home.
Danger Level 1: Toxic Compounds
As homes become tighter and more energy efficient, concentrations of toxic compounds can build up and cause negative health effects. Toxic compounds may be generated inside the home by building materials, furniture, carpets, paints, solvents, cleaning chemicals, and personal care products. They may also be transported into the home from outside. Pesticides, for example, may be tracked into the home on shoes or on the paws of pets. Dry-cleaned clothing is carried in on hangers. Toxic compounds include formaldehyde, methylene chloride, acetone, benzene, toluene, and many other carcinogens. Short-term health effects associated with this danger level include memory lapse, mild depression, lung dysfunction, blurred vision, headaches, and lethargy. Long-term exposure to high levels of these compounds may cause cancer and affect the liver, kidneys, and nervous system.
Do you think you might have a radon problem or other indoor air quality problems in your home? Learn more about radon testing and when it’s smart to have a radon mitigation system installed. Then, give us a call at 1-800-827-0702 or contact us online for more information.
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