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The HVAC Circulation of Thirdhand Smoke and Why Indoor Air Quality Is Essential

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Because we spend most of our time indoors, indoor air quality is an important part of keeping your home happy and healthy. While smoke and secondhand smoke can easily compromise the quality of your air, did you know thirdhand smoke can also be a culprit? In an article by NBC News, researchers found that HVAC systems can actually pick up and circulate lingering particles from thirdhand smoke.

“For people who do not smoke and avoid areas where smoking occurs, this is an additional involuntary exposure route for environmental tobacco smoke species,” Peter DeCarlo and colleagues at Drexel University in Philadelphia wrote.

Even if someone in your family has stopped smoking, the hazardous and toxic compounds in tobacco smoke may still be stuck to surfaces and lingering in furniture or fabrics. This means your home’s HVAC system may still be spreading around these compounds – especially if you have pets that spend time on the floor and pick up residue with their fur.

These dangerous compounds make indoor air quality essential and at Timothy Off, our experts recommend investing in an Air Scrubber Plus to clean, freshen, and purify your home air.

Why an Air Scrubber Plus?

The Air Scrubber Plus system incorporates NASA’s ethylene-scrubbing technology to remove 99.9% of harmful gases, vapors, VOCs, mold/mildew, pollen, odors, and tobacco remnants in your air and on surfaces. When you have cleaner air, you and your family members can enjoy reduced allergy symptoms, sinus problems, headaches, coughs, and an overall healthier environment.

Air Scrubber systems work ’round the clock to purify your air and the benefits have actually been proven by several university studies. If you’re interested in improving the air you and your family breathes, talk to our indoor air quality experts today.

The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

While the dangers of thirdhand smoke isn’t very well-researched, the dangers of smoke and secondhand smoke are. According to the CDC, smoking leads to 90% of lung cancer deaths and 80% of COPD deaths. In general, it causes more than 480,000 deaths each year (which translates to nearly one in five deaths). Secondhand tobacco smoke has killed at least 2.5 million non-smokers since 1964 and every year, it causes 7,300 lung cancer deaths and 34,000 heart disease deaths.