Temperature isn’t the only thing that concerns you when it comes to your home comfort. Of course, you want a few nice places to sit and a big comfy mattress. But the quality of the air you breathe can also make a huge difference in your comfort and your health. Here are three things we think homeowners should know about their indoor air quality, which could put you on the path towards improving it.
An Air Filter May Not Be Enough
Did you know that the air filter in your air conditioning and heating systems was not actually designed for better health? The main reason for the inclusion of an air filter in an HVAC system is protection for the machine itself. If debris were to fly toward the indoor air blower unit, it could cause some pretty severe damage. But today’s units double as unit protection and indoor air quality control.
However, the air inside of a home is often worse than the air outside. And often, the air filter only catches a percentage of what comes through. While it may catch pet dander, for example, it might be ineffective at trapping mold spores. Choose a filter with a high MERV for better filtration, or consider a whole-house filtration or purification system.
Humidity Has a Major Effect on Your Comfort and Health
One of the things to note about indoor air quality is that often, your discomfort is caused by humidity levels, not the temperature of the room. A lack of moisture in the air leads to dry skin and lips, and it can make you more vulnerable to infection. But too much humidity is an even bigger problem for many. An excess of moisture in the air can make it seem hot and sticky, and it could allow for mold growth. Consider whole-house humidity control, rather than small portable systems.
UV Light Kills the Germs that Cause the Most Trouble
One of the most effective tools you can have to kill off contaminants is UV light. A technician can install this in your HVAC system so that all of the air passing through gets clean. The UV light kills small organic matter almost instantly as it passes by, including bacteria and viruses.
Call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. for all of your indoor air quality needs in Savannah, GA and the surrounding areas.