Did you know the concentration of some pollutants can be up to five times higher inside your home compared to outside of it? And with clear links between indoor air quality and overall health, it’s important to know if the air you’re breathing inside of your home is safe for you and your family. While keeping your carpets clean and changing out air filters often will certainly help, it’s not a cure-all for establishing and maintaining healthy indoor air quality. Take a look at some advanced (and maybe, “little known”) ways you can maintain a healthy indoor air quality, so you and your family can breathe a bit easier!
Start with Air Quality Testing
Before you take any steps to improve the air quality in your home, it’s important to understand what you’re dealing with when it comes to your specific environment. Is your current air quality good, bad, or just okay? It's difficult to take appropriate action if you don’t know what you’re dealing with and how to correct it. A good place to start is with a professional indoor air quality test. After testing, the air quality specialist can explain the status of your air quality and suggest ways to correct any issues.
Many of the contaminants that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) set standards for regarding “safe” levels of exposure tend to focus on the bigger air quality threats, like tobacco smoke, for example. What can be more difficult to understand is that many of the air quality contaminants affecting your home’s air quality are “off-gassed.” This means they’re released naturally from household products, construction materials, or supplies stored in your home. Some of the most common indoor contaminants are VOCs (volatile organic compounds), dust and pollen, formaldehyde, and Radon. So, unless you get your air tested, you may not realize what you’re actually breathing, or how to improve it.
UVC and UVV
We know that extended exposure to ultraviolet light is bad for our skin, but when it comes to air quality, ultraviolet light can serve a useful purpose. When used within a closed air filtration system ultraviolet light has proven very effective at reducing and preventing microorganisms from circulating within the ductwork. UVC, which is the most powerful form of ultraviolet light, destroys microorganisms by scrambling their DNA. This makes utilizing UVC light within your air filtration system ideal for improving air quality. Destroying microorganisms within your ventilation system prevents them from becoming part of the air you breathe. This helps purify, sterilize, and disinfect the air within your home environment, which can help reduce and minimize the reaction to airborne allergens.
Whole-House Air Purifiers
If you’re looking to improve the air quality throughout your entire home, consider purchasing a whole-house air purifier. Whole-house purifiers help filter out many of the harmful contaminants and pollutants circulating throughout the air in your home. It’s best to have a whole-house air purifier built right into your home’s HVAC system. A built-in unit helps ensure clean air is dispersed evenly throughout your entire home. And with a built-in whole-house air purifier, you won’t have to worry about a bulky, standalone unit taking up valuable floor space.
Electronic Air Cleaner Installation
When air passes through your home HVAC system, it tends to carry a lot of other debris with it such as dust, dander, and other microparticles. These tiny, undetectable particles can create problems for family members or guests who have allergies. Adding an electronic air cleaner, which uses electrically charged filters to clean the air, as part of your home’s HVAC system, can drastically reduce many of the harmful contaminants that recirculate within your home.
Most electronic air cleaners use a two-filter system for removing unhealthy particulates from the air. The pre-filter traps larger particles such as dust, pollen, and pet dander. Then, the second electrically charged filter attracts and traps smaller microparticles, like bacteria and mold spores.
If you or someone in your family suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, an electronic air cleaner may be one of the best options you can add to your current heating and air system. These units can also help extend the life of your HVAC system by reducing the amount of maintenance caused by the buildup of excess debris. Electric air filters are also reusable, which helps you save time, money, and a lot of guess work (like trying to remember what size air filter you need).
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Mechanical ventilation systems circulate fresh air by using ducts and fans. Because it doesn’t rely on the natural airflow that takes place when air passes through small gaps in your doors and windows, it helps ensure a constant flow of fresh air into your home. It can ever serve as a filtration unit and a dehumidifier. This helps improve the overall air quality within your home by circulating fresh air that doesn’t contain pollutants. Since consistently breathing high levels of carbon dioxide have been linked to drowsiness, headaches, and restlessness, maintaining a good circulation of fresh air in your home can do wonders for your family’s overall well-being.
Professional Indoor Air Quality Services
Improving and maintaining good air quality in your home may not seem like a pressing issue. However, when you think about how much time you and your family spend inside your house, it’s easy to understand how poor air quality can have a negative effect on your health and well-being. If you’re not sure about the quality of air in your home, contact Aire Serv and check out the range of indoor air quality services we provide. Our air quality specialists can do a complete and thorough assessment of your indoor air quality and make recommendations on how to improve it, if needed. Just call (855) 679-0011 or schedule an appointment online today!