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Smoke Can Affect the Indoor Air Quality in Buildings

Posted on May 19, 2015
by Melissa Asplund

The smoke from cigarettes can diminish the indoor air quality for the person who is smoking and those adjacent to the individual who smokes. Smoke can easily pollute the indoors air and can also be considered an airborne contaminant.

A new study conducted by the Boston Houston Authority compared the indoor air quality in multi family buildings that were connected to buildings where tenants smoked. In addition, they also did a study of multi house units where smoking was prohibited.

Can Smoking in Multi-Family Buildings Affect The Indoor Air Quality?

Results were seen significantly high in multi family building units that were adjacent to the smoking unit.

Particulate matter was high indoors but particulate matter was not high in areas and inside buildings where smoking was prohibited.

According to the study, “Particulate matter rose in adjacent units of non-smokers whenever smoking residents indulged in tobacco usage.” Smoke goes through the vents and once air conditioning is turned on and can distribute through out the entire building.

Smoke in a home adds to al the dust and other particulate matter in the air. Cigarette smoke will also shorten the life span of a filter.

Not changing the filters in your home can cause your air conditioning system to work harder causing an increase in your energy bill and poor indoor air quality.Avoid smoking indoors and keep your air conditioning system working properly by maintaining its service regularly.

If you need assistance in improving the indoor air quality, AirTek provides commercial and residential air duct cleaning and indoor air quality services. You may contact your local AirTek Office for additional information on the services we provide.

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