Staying cool during the summer heat: Tips on indoor air quality protection

For us here in Texas– and most parts of the globe – summertime has arrived and you know what that means.

Months of scorching heat waves and bright summer sun.

It’s the time of year when you practice safe outdoor protection.

Sunscreen, check. Water, check. 100% UV protective shades check.

For those seeking to escape the heat by working indoors ask yourself this question.

“Am I practicing safe indoor protection?”

Importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Did you know that there are multiple sources of indoor air pollutants in your home or workplace?

Some examples include:

  • Combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products
  • Building materials and furnishings
  • Products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
  • Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
  • Solvents and chemicals found in cleaning and hobby activities
  • Paint strippers and epoxy coatings
  • Welding, laser, solder, etching and grinding fumes and particulates
  • And much more

High pollutant concentrations can remain in the air for long periods of time after some of these activities.

Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. [1]

Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve indoor air quality even if symptoms are not noticeable. [1]

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives 3 simple strategies you can use to improve indoor air quality. [2]

  1. Source Control
  2. Improved Ventilation
  3. Air Cleaners

Simple Solutions for Cleaner Air™

Source control simply means reducing or eliminating sources of pollution or their emission. A great way to contain and filter pollutants at their source is through a ductless containment hood or source-capture fume extractor.

A ductless system will improve ventilation without expensive ductwork or high energy bills from renegade air. Ductless technology filters contaminated air through high-quality filtration media before recirculating the air back into the work space. By going ductless you also have the ability to move the unit around the work space without the need for an exhaust port.   

Our line of portable, compact room air cleaners are equipped with HEPA and/or Activated Carbon filters and work great as hospital, laboratory, office and general room air cleaners, dust control, odor control and a variety of applications involving chemical fumes and particulate.

Engineered air for the great indoors

It is our mission at Sentry Air Systems to provide simple solutions to indoor air quality through a variety of units with multiple configurations and high quality filtration media.

Our patented line of fume, particulate and odor extractors are suitable for a multitude of applications.

Their modular design and ease of use make them a cost-effective solution to improving the quality of air you breathe indoors. 

Contact Sentry today

For more information on indoor air quality, give Sentry a call at 1.800.799.4609, email us at, visit our website or fill out this online form.

[1] Environmental Protection Agency. An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

[2] Environmental Protection Agency. Improving Indoor Air Quality