Bioaerosols are something most people have never heard of and for a good reason. They’re tiny, and usually no more than 100 micrometers in size. We breathe in bioaerosols every day, and for the most part, they go unnoticed. They typically only cause problems for those with respiratory conditions or strong allergies but can wreak havoc on those that do.
Let’s look at the world of bioaerosols, and what you can do to keep your home bioaerosol-free:
What Are Bioaerosols?
Bioaerosols are airborne particles made up of living microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, mold, pollen, and viruses. They enter the air when small particles detach from natural sources like animals, plants, and waste contaminants by wind or movement. Bioaerosols can have deleterious health effects on people with allergies or weak respiratory systems.
What Are the Health Effects of Bioaerosols?
While bioaerosols can technically pass on diseases like smallpox and anthrax, it’s much more likely that the bioaerosols in your home will cause respiratory irritation, coughing, and inflammation. For those with weak respiratory conditions, they can lead to an intensification of asthma symptoms and throat constriction.
How Can I Prevent Bioaerosols?
Stopping bioaerosols in your house is easy. Most mold and fungi that create bioaerosols thrive on humidity and dampness, so prioritize areas that are prone to both.
While you’re at it, a little spring cleaning never hurt anyone! Air purifiers and central air filtration can also help comb out bioaerosols as they pass through the system.
Larger buildings like hospitals that are more prone to large amounts of bioaerosols sometimes use UV lights and electrostatic precipitators that minimize the amount of bioaerosols in the air.
If you know you’re going into a bioaerosol-heavy area such as a sewage plant or a rotting house, use a respirator, gloves, and protective clothing.
Air Boca: We’ll Keep Your Home Bioaerosol-Free
Here at Air Boca, we offer only the best quality HVAC units to keep the air in your house clean. We’re your one-stop resource for everything air conditioning related in South Florida. Our team of professionals can quickly and efficiently install a new unit, or make your old one right as rain.
Preventative Maintenance for HVAC in Boca Raton
If you’re like many families to migrate to South Florida for the warm winter every year, we recommend that you take the right steps to ensure your winter home is safe and mold-free in your absence.
Always be sure to change your air filter and flush drain lines after an extended time away from your home, as forgetting to do so can lead to severe water damages and inefficient AC performance, costing you more money and frustration in the long run.
For preventative maintenance, 24/7 Emergency Repairs, and state-of-the-art mold and air purification systems, trust the Air Boca team to get the job done right, so you can rest assured that you and your family will breathe easy all year long.
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