Did you know that your indoor air pollution can be far worse than the outdoor air pollution? Homes today are built very tightly, to allow no air to escape from your home. This is really good news for your HVAC systems—this tight construction helps those systems work as efficiently as possible. But it’s not great news for your allergies.
Since no air can escape from your home, this means that no allergens and other contaminants can get out either. This includes everything from visible pollen and dust to microorganisms, odors, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), mold and mildew, and more. Does this mean there’s nothing you can do about those contaminants and allergens? Of course not! While no single technology can reduce or eliminate contaminants in the home, there are a number of indoor air quality solutions we provide that can mitigate your exposure. Read on to learn more!
There are two main types of air cleaners; mechanical and electronic. These both have their own purposes and set of benefits.
- Mechanical air cleaners work with HEPA filters to target and remove particles and are more than 99.9% effective.
- Mechanical air cleaners are inexpensive to operate and trap many of the most common allergens.
- Electronic air cleaners are a great option for homes with extremely fine pollutants, such as smoke.
There are many types of air purifiers on the market, from the type that pulls pollutants and particles out of the air to the ones you can have installed right into your ducts to eliminate microorganisms before they even have the chance to enter your air.
- Electronic air purifiers, a.k.a electronic precipitators, are great options for homeowners who want to resolve problems with already airborne pollutants like dust and dirt.
- For biological pollutants such as viruses, mold, and mildew, you’ll want to consider something a little more advanced, such as the APCO FreshAire UV Light or Germicidal Lights/a UV air purifier.
- The APCO FreshAire UV Light is effective against not only biological contaminants but also chemicals and particulates like pet dander, pollen, dust, and dirt.
- UV Germicidal Lights are an optimal choice for dark, damp ductwork, where mold and mildew have too great of a chance to multiply.
The ideal humidity level in any given home is between 30-50%. Anything lower than that is considered too dry, and can lead to a number of problems for your home and your family’s health.
- A whole-house humidifier brings your home the humidity it needs and helps your HVAC systems work more efficiently too.
- The air in your home feels cooler when the air is drier. You won’t have to turn your heater up as high or run it as long when you have a whole-house humidifier adding moisture.
- Sufficient moisture in the home will prevent property damage like splitting wood, cracking floorboards and paint, and more.