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Airborne Particulate Matter (PM) and Your Health

March 13, 2017

If you suffer from sneezing, headaches, eye, nose and throat irritation then you will want to make sure tiny airborne particles in your home referred to as particulate matter are not the proximate cause. IndoorDoctor can measure these tiny particles using a very sophisticated tool called a laser particle scanning machine. This will instantly measures the amount of ultrafine lung damaging particles you are breathing. We can also anlalyze the air to see what these particles consist of. It’s unhealthy to have a lot of dander in the air. However it’s significantly worse if the particulate composition consists of fiberglass, silicates, or even toxic mold.

Instantly measuring ultrafine microscopic debris with a laser particle scanner

Harmful Particles

The most harmful particles are those ten microns or less in diameter (a human hair is approximately 70 microns in diameter). These particles can easily be inhaled deep into the lungs, collecting in the tiny air sacs (called alveoli) where oxygen enters the blood, causing breathing difficulties and sometimes permanent lung damage. Inhalation of fine particulate matter can increase cardiovascular problems, irritate lungs and eyes, trigger headaches and allergic reactions, and worsen respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis. See EPA study for further information

Laser Particle Scanning Measurements

These ultrafine particulates are invisible, that is why they are most dangerous. If you can see the hazy particle in the air your lungs have a better chance at filtering the contaminants out. We measure the invisible particles that your lungs have difficulty filtering out. Ways to reduce the particulate levels in your home include:

  1. Run a quality HEPA filtered air cleaner
  2. Ensure your vacuum is HEPA rated with a clean internal filter
  3. Encourage air flow
  4. Avoid carpeting in your home. The best air purifier is a clean non-toxic hard floor system
  5. Declutter

Contact IndoorDoctor today to see if you are breathing harmful ultrafine particulate matter and ways to make your home healthy again!

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