Have Air Pollution Headlines Got You Craving That Clean Air Smell?

Since the start of 2014, much has been written about the world’s air pollution problem. The firestorm started with the release of theEnvironmental Performance Index and studies like the one found in the December 2013 issue of the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Not only did they set off heated discussions about which countries have the worst pollution, they made many people think about how great clean air smells.

Clean air smells so wonderful because it is free of contaminants like smoke, dust mite feces, mold spores, pet dander and other offensive items. Unfortunately, for all of us, it’s incredibly hard to prevent those items from entering into the earth’s atmosphere. That’s why many of us are only able to enjoy clean air indoors.

Of course it takes work to ensure that our indoor environments have that clean air smell. The job starts with making sure that we use furnishings and accessories devoid of volatile organic compounds. Routinely cleaning our homes with fume-free products and taking steps to keep moisture to a minimum can also help. However, the one sure way to clean the air is to use a trusted air purifying technique.

Over the years, humans have used a variety of products to purify and deodorize the air. Some of the methods, like ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and thermodynamic sterilization systems, tend to be expensive. They are also more geared towards commercial and industrial applications. Ozone generators, on the other hand, are priced right and versatile. As such, they are often used in many different situations to bring back that clean air smell.

To learn more about the science behind the American made machines’ effectiveness, please contact us at (866) 676-9663. Our ozone experts would love to breakdown the air purification process for you and answer any questions that you may have about the machines.

Funeral Home Odors May Do More Than Just Frighten Away Customers

Do you work in the death care industry? If so, you already know how much customers despise funeral home odors. They are often strong enough to send grieving families out the door in search of another facility to care for their loved one. What you may not realize is just how dangerous those odors can be to you and the mourners.

Take formaldehyde as an example. It is one of the most harmful and offensive funeral home odors there is. Studies dating as far back as the 1980s have shown that itsfumes can cause funeral home staff to develop brain tumors and variety of different cancers. There have even been lawsuits filed on behalf of funeral home employees that have gotten cancer after being exposed to the chemical over time.

One of the more recent lawsuits took place in New Jersey during the fall of 2012. In that case, a mortician allegedly developed leukemia from working with the chemical. He later sued the funeral home for not taking the necessary precautions to remove the chemical odors from the facility. At this time, results of that lawsuit are not known.

Of course formaldehyde is not the only toxic substance known to contribute to funeral home odors. There is also the matter of putrescine and cadaverine. Although they are naturally occurring substances, both have been known to cause people to develop health problems as well. The list of health problems that may occur from inhaling those two particular funeral home odors includes mucous membrane burns, emphysema and a form of pneumoconiosis.

On a positive note, with the right supplies, funeral home odors may be eliminated. One product that may make your funeral home odor free is an ozone generator. To learn more about it, please contact us toll-free at (866) 676-9663. We are members of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and have Better Business Bureau accreditation.

Remove Solvent and Paint Fumes from Homes with the QT Hurricane

Spring’s arrival often signals the start of indoor renovation projects like repainting a bedroom or nursery. Although such interior painting projects may seem like no big deal, they do pose hidden dangers that must be addressed. Toxic paint fumes are one of them.

 

Today’s interior paints and solvents come in a wide variety of types. Some of the solvents and paints on the market today contain highly toxic chemicals like toluene, acetone and xylene. They can irritate a person’s central nervous system, skin, eyes, respiratory system, kidneys and liver. Other interior paints and solvents, like Benjamin Moore’s Natura line, are considered to be eco-friendly. However, even eco-friendly paints with no volatile organic compounds are not entirely fume free. The fumes emitted during spring painting projects can cause health problems of their own.

A good, real life example of the type of damage that paint fumes can cause appeared in a September 6, 2013 news article published by The New Zealand Herald. Apparently, after painting their home’s interior, one family became extremely ill and had to seek medical attention. They experienced some of the health problems that we mentioned above (i.e. respiratory distress) and had to leave their home. In addition, the family mentioned wanting to hire someone to decontaminate their home prior to their return.

QT Hurricane

The 120V/60W QT Hurricane is one product that may be used to naturally remove paint and solvent fumes from a home’s interior. It is 11.75 inches long, 7.5 inches wide, 8.75 inches tall and weighs 11 pounds. Each QT Hurricane generates ozone. Ozone has the capability to organically destroy toxic solvent and paint fumes, thereby leaving the air odor free. So families like the one previously mentioned in our real life example could use it to help make their homes livable again.

To learn more about the QT Hurricane and other ozone generators that can aid in toxic fume removal, please contact us toll-free at (866) 676-9663.

Garage Odors Caused by Crankcase Oil: A Look at How to Deal with Them

One of the many substances that can cause garage odors is crankcase oil. As you might have known, it’s used to lubricate a vehicle’s crankshaft and working components. Many such motor oils are mineral based, which means that they can be hazardous if not handled correctly.

Between new and used crankcase oil, the later tends to be the more toxic of the two. That’s because it’s not uncommon for it to pick up toxic substances from inside of the crankcase and other areas. Examples of such dangerous substances include lead, barium, nickel, molybdenum and boron.

 

Depending on exposure conditions, they have the potential to cause cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological and respiratory problems as well as contact dermatitis. The respiratory problems are obviously caused by inhaling the crankcase oil odors. Those same odors may also cause a person’s eyes to water and or otherwise become irritated.

With that said, if your garage is home to containers of used crankcase oil, it is best to remove them. In most instances, a waste oil collection agency may be able to help in that regard. If the used crankcase oil has spilt onto your concrete floor, you’ll clearly want to take other measures.

In the event of a spill, cover the crankcase oil stained area with a disposable, eco-friendly sorbent. They are generally sold through janitorial supply retailers and auto parts stores. Afterward, you’ll be able to remove the spent sorbent and dispose of it accordingly.

When you are finished removing the spent crankcase oil from your garage, the toxic odors should start to subside. Those odors that remain in the garage or your vehicle after the clean up may be removed naturally with a Newaire, Rainbowair or Queenaire ozone generator. To learn more about them and the process of effective garage odor removal, please contact us toll-free at (866) 676-9663.