Are you experiencing fatigue, headache, dizziness, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing or dryness of the eyes, nose, throat and skin? These symptoms can be triggered by poor indoor air quality. It’s important to maintain indoor air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air quality as one of the top five risks to human health. It may be surprising to hear that indoor air quality can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside! Each cubic foot of the air we breathe in our homes has a mixture of millions of microscopic particles like dust mite debris, mold spores and pollen. The majority of the indoor air contaminates are impossible to see and these contaminants can cause us discomfort in small concentrations and in larger concentrations, causing sickness and ailments like allergies and asthma.
How to Improve & Purify Indoor Air Quality in Our Homes
There are things you can do to make your home a healthier place for you and your family. Filtering the air, controlling humidity and cycling fresh outdoor air into the home are just some examples. Doing these things will reduce allergies, prevent asthma and can even increase productivity!
1. Filter or neutralize airborne particles found in the air outside by installing air cleaners that can be installed just in front of the heating and cooling system to remove a portion of airborne pollutants every time air is pulled into the return ducts.
2. Humidity levels need to be properly controlled in hot and cold environments. Doing so will control humidity levels in the home and minimize airborne pollutants that are unhealthy. When humidity levels are low, it causes our bodies to be vulnerable to infection and can cause damage to wood inside the home. On the other hand, high levels of humidity will create an environment ideal for the breeding of mold, mildew and dust mites.
3. There are some pollutants that can be eliminated from our home. Not having pets or not allowing people to smoke in your home will help. If these ideas are impractical then there are ultra-violet treatment systems that can prevent problems before they start. These work by sterilizing pathogens with UV treatments and these systems can deter harmful contaminants like mildew, mold and bacteria before they start to form.
4. There is a way to replace a portion of the air in your home with fresh outdoor air. While this process occurs naturally in homes it does so at different rates depending on the tightness of the structure. You can open a window to make this happen but it’s a waste of energy. There are energy efficient ERV and HRV ventilation systems that work to recycle indoor air for outdoor air and saving most of the energy used to heat or cool the air being lost. When the air that comes into the home is controlled with effective air cleaners, dehumidifiers and UV treatments our HVAC system is able to condition itself.
5. Professional air duct cleaning, air duct inspection and air duct repair and sealing if necessary. What better way to improve indoor air than removing it from your air ducts before it is cycled through your home?!
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Maintaining the air quality in your home is important. Contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning for any HVAC issues!