If you’re worried about your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ), you should be. Pollutant levels can be 100 times higher inside than outside. There are two reasons for this. First, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system typically recirculates the same air throughout your house with no fresh air being introduced. Second, new homes are being constructed with more airtight features to aid energy conservation. Given this, we’ll look at four different methods to help you breathe healthier air in your home.
4 Ways to Breathe Healthier Air in Your Home
You may be tempted to use portable air purifiers, humidifiers, or related equipment in your home. Instead of doing this, we recommend a whole-house system. Portable units take up valuable floor space, can be noisy, and won’t help you achieve uniform air quality levels throughout your home. A whole-house system will have a higher upfront cost, but the results over the long haul make this a worthwhile investment.
Want to learn more? Contact your local air quality experts for an evaluation of your home’s IAQ.
1. Air Filtration
Despite popular belief, the air filter that comes with your HVAC system is not actually there to protect indoor air quality. Rather, it is there to protect the inside components of your HVAC system. Therefore, to breathe healthier air, you need something more. There are a variety of powerful air filters you can get. Ask us about MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) ratings to help determine what type of air filtration system would be best for your particular situation.
2. Air Purifiers
There are several different types of air purifiers. An electronic precipitator also uses an ionizing charge to remove particles. Ultraviolet (UV) filters don’t actually “filter” anything as opposed to killing microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses in the air through exposure to UV radiation.
3. UV Germicidal Lights
This system, similar to a UV air purifier, is usually installed to follow an initial filtration system. Once again, any biological agents not captured by the first filter will be exposed to enough UV radiation to destroy them.
4. Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers
A whole-house humidifier can contribute significantly to air quality in your home. Having “dry” air – that is, air with very low humidity – can lead to problems such as a dry, scratchy throat, irritated eyes, and even nosebleeds. These issues can, in turn, lead to more serious complications. For example, if your respiratory tract mucous membranes dry out, you can more easily contract throat infections or the flu.
Conversely, too much moisture in the air causes problems too. It makes you feel uncomfortable, for one—since your body cannot properly evaporate sweat. And two, it encourages the development of mold and mildew, which can make you and your family ill.
For optimal comfort, your relative humidity level should be between 30%-50%.
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