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Indoor Marijuana Smoke: How Does this Affect You?

Do you live in an apartment complex, duplex, condo, or other living area where a common wall is shared with your neighbors? A joint living space often means that you are also sharing the air you breathe with your neighbors, this includes marijuana smoke.

This means that whatever odors, chemicals, and compounds your neighbors are introducing into their homes are also being introduced into your home air especially if you have leaky ductwork. Leaks in your ductwork will pull these odors and chemicals from the air and into the system and distribute them throughout your living space. Let’s learn more about the effects marijuana smoke can have on your health and home.

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Chemicals and Carcinogens

Many people are concerned with how smoking marijuana affects indoor air quality, especially in spaces with young children and the elderly. There are 483 identified compounds associated with marijuana. The main active ingredient in marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is not considered a VOC (volatile organic compound) since it is too heavy. Many of the other compounds found in marijuana are commonly identified with other substances such as cleaners, plants, and trees.

However, marijuana smoke produces a tar that is chemically similar to that found in tobacco smoke. Over fifty known carcinogens have been identified in marijuana smoke including; nitrosamines, reactive aldehydes, and polycylic hydrocarbons. Although it is first introduced into the air as smoke, marijuana settles out of the air and can be cleaned off non-porous surfaces or ventilated from the air. If you suspect that your neighbors are using marijuana or are experiencing a strong odor, it is a good idea to take steps toward protecting your indoor air for you and your family. 

What Can You Do About It?

Adequate ventilation and regular cleaning will eliminate any residual marijuana from areas that have been exposed to limited amounts of marijuana smoke. Open windows if possible, run ceiling fans, and use a high-quality air purifier. The longer the exposure time, the longer the chemical compounds will linger and off-gas into the air.  However, the best way to combat the situation is to consider Aeroseal.

Aeroseal seals your ductwork from the inside out. This prevents any odors, chemicals, or compounds from being pulled into your ductwork and circulated throughout your living space. It is the most effective way to prevent a marijuana smell from entering your space and to protect your family.

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Aeroseal Duct Cleaning with Advanced Air Ducts

Take back your home and health with Advanced Air Duct Cleaning. Our Aeroseal process tackles duct leaks from the inside out, meaning you won’t have to worry about marijuana fumes infecting your home. Aeroseal will put escaping air under pressure, causing polymer particles to stick first to the edges of a leak, then to each other until the leak is completely sealed. Are you ready to get started? Reach out to Advanced Air Duct Cleaning today to improve air quality, increase comfort, and save on utility bills.

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