Is Asbestos Still a Problem in 2016?  

Asbestos was a very popular building material for a long time. This composite of 6 naturally occurring silicate minerals gained popularity due to its desirable physical properties which made it the perfect material for building insulation, sound absorption and fire resistance among other uses. The use of asbestos continued to intensify through the 20th century until public knowledge, thanks to legislation and the courts, of the health risks of this mineral outlawed its use in mainstream construction and fireproofing in many countries across the globe. What were the issues and are they still relevant in the 21st century?

Asbestos Issues

The Health Risks of Asbestos

Towards the last quarter of the 20th century, scientists realized that prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers was leading to serious and fatal illnesses including mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos warts, pleural plaques, Pneumothorax, diffuse pleural thickening and lung cancer. Symptoms that have been associated with asbestos exposure include: shortness of breath, hoarseness or wheezing, pain in the chest, fatigue, swelling of the neck among others. One who develops such symptoms is always advised to consult a doctor. Exposure to asbestos can come in many forms including: having asbestos as a component in your building materials, working with asbestos or materials that can lead to release of asbestos fibers or just handling asbestos in the process of getting rid of it from a site.

The nature of asbestos related diseases complicated asbestos litigation. The major challenge was the slow emergence of symptoms long after exposure to asbestos ceased. Remember that this mineral was widely acclaimed as a solution to all the construction issues earlier mentioned.

Thus attempts to outlaw its use faced stiff opposition from numerous quotas. This made the litigation process long and expensive but finally the mineral was out awed in many countries and remains so till now.

However, there are those who feel that outright ban of asbestos in not the solution. They contend that seeking innovative ways to prevent the lethal effects is a more realistic approach to the challenge. They argue that the benefits of asbestos are too important to wish away.

Has anything changed in the 21st Century?

It appears the only thing that has changed is time. There is no documented research that powerfully counters the facts about the dangers of asbestos as identified in the previous century. Neither have we evolved to develop resistance or immunity to the hazards of this mineral. Happenings in this century strongly support the idea that asbestos is still as dangerous to human health as it was in bygone eras.

Many governments have stringent regulation on the removal and disposal of asbestos. These are meant to protect all the people who are exposed to this mineral as well as protecting the environment in the process of disposing the asbestos. In addition the continued development of substitutes for asbestos in construction is a powerful admission that the mineral still carries its negative attributes in the 21st century. Fiber glass insulation, mineral wool and glass wool are perfect examples of these substitutes.

If you have ANY concerns about the air quality in your home, the experts at Kemnitz can help! Contact us today.

 

Will UV Lamps Really Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

It isn’t pleasant to think about, but under certain circumstances your home can become an oasis of sorts for bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. Any or all of these biological invaders could be lurking in your ductwork, inside your air conditioner, in your basement, inside your walls or in your attic, contaminating your living space and fouling the very air you breathe.

If your home does become infested it could cause sickness and allergies to run rampant, and you might have no idea why your family was suddenly experiencing so many health difficulties. The problem can become especially acute if your HVAC system is contaminated, since your HVAC equipment and ductwork are designed to distribute air to every corner of your home.

But you shouldn’t panic over the scary possibilities. Instead, you should investigate a technological cure for organic indoor pollution known as UV lamps, which can stave off microscopic interlopers before they gain a permanent foothold in your humble abode.

UV Lamps for Heating and Cooling Systems

Lamps that emit ultraviolet radiation are big trouble for bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus. UV light is an invisible killer of these invisible particles, zapping them into non-existence with electromagnetic radiation of extremely short and extremely destructive wavelengths.

UV lamps sold for use in conjunction with HVAC systems are manufactured for one specific purpose: to smite the nasties that settle in your ductwork and/or take root on your air conditioner’s coil and drain pan. If you purchase UV lights your HVAC contractor will install them where they can do the most good, where they can shine their killing rays directly on the tiny plants or critters that have put down stakes in the heart of your HVAC system.

Generally you’re vulnerable to invasion in areas where moisture accumulates, and when you summon an HVAC technician to inspect your system he or she will know exactly where to look for signs of trouble.

UV Lamps and Indoor Air Contamination Don’t Mix

If you or your family are experiencing constant head colds or the symptoms of allergy—sinus congestion, runny nose, rashes and itchiness, swollen throat, headaches, constant fatigue, lack of energy and so on—bacteria, mold and their fellow travelers may be responsible. They may be contaminating your indoor air, forcing you to breathe organic pollution that can and will make you sick.

A high-quality HVAC air filter works well for non-organic indoor air pollutants, but the chances are it won’t capture more than a tiny fraction of the micro-organisms that are contaminating your air space, if indeed they are present. One or two well-placed UV lights can make a decisive difference, however, and if you have the slightest doubt about that your HVAC contractor should be able to provide you with multiple references from past clients singing the praises of these ingenious devices (at Kemnitz we’ve collected scores of positive reports on the efficacy of UV lighting).

Kemnitz and Carrier: Working Together to Keep Your Family Healthy and Safe

Kemnitz Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. is an authorized dealer of Carrier HVAC and air quality improvement products, including its peerless line of Performance™ Series Germicidal UV Lamps. As befits Carrier’s unmatched reputation for excellence, these superb UV lights will vanquish any and all mold, mildew, fungus or bacteria they touch, quickly and with deadly efficiency.

If you live in Irvine and the surrounding area and have even the slightest suspicion that your indoor air quality has been compromised, we invite you to contact Kemnitz right away to arrange an inspection of your HVAC system. Our technicians will explain their findings and advise you on the steps you need to take to eliminate any sources of indoor air pollution, regardless of what they might be.

If UV lamps make sense for you we’ll give you a price quote on lamps plus installation, and as soon as you’re ready to proceed we’ll get to work restoring your home’s air quality—and restoring your family’s good health in the process.

Please, call us today and we’ll give you the lowdown on the fantastic air-quality-transforming abilities of Carrier’s Performance™ Series Germicidal UV Lamps.