You’re excellent at keeping yourself healthy. After living with sensitivity to allergens and asthma, you’ve learned what sets you off and how to prevent it. Much of the time, those methods that keep you healthy are in your control. You avoid the outdoors on days with high pollen counts, and you keep dust off the surfaces in your Westminster, Maryland, home. Unfortunately, as hard as you try, you can’t always control indoor air quality. Not on your own, at least.
Modern technology hasn’t only improved our cell phones, it’s also improved how we care for the air in our homes. When all you can do still isn’t enough to cultivate high indoor air quality, turn to these efficient air quality products.
As you read this, the air surging through your HVAC system is passing through an air filter that’s (hopefully) catching dust, dirt, and other particles before they can disperse throughout your home. As long as you’ve been replacing the factory filter every month or so, it will do an adequate job of keeping particles from the rest of your home. However, standard air filters can’t catch everything.
What you really need is a whole home air cleaner. This air quality product is much more than just a big filter; the mesh in an air purifier has a much higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) than standard filters, which means that it catches far more particles than the lesser filters. Many air purifiers also release a brief electrical charge that actually neutralizes hazardous bacteria and viruses once they’re caught in the filter. Like standard air filters, whole-home air cleaners function as part of your HVAC system.
You’ve heard it before: Keep your home sealed off, and you’ll be more energy-efficient while also staving off the hazardous particles floating through the air outside. While sealing your home does have a host of benefits, it also means that your living space isn’t ventilated as well as it should be, which leads to indoor air pollution, like water going stagnant when it has nowhere else to go. Your HVAC system can only cycle the same air so many times before it’s all bad.
You don’t want to open a window to let in fresh air along with heat and allergens, so how are you going to ventilate your home? With a whole-home ventilator, which brings in fresh air without the heat and other cons, you’ll mitigate indoor air pollution without losing money or comfort.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Humidity not only affects comfort, but it also has the potential to reduce indoor air quality. Too little humidity (which comes in the winter) in the home and viruses are more likely to prosper. A lack of moisture can also exacerbate respiratory issues, dry out skin, and block nasal passages. Too much humidity (which comes in the summer) and mold and mildew are more likely to take root. That means that without some way to maintain balance, you have a different air quality threat to deal with every season.
Whole-home humidifiers insert moisture into the airflow as it passes through the HVAC system, while dehumidifiers remove moisture until humidity levels are healthy.
The moisture in your living space isn’t the only breeding ground for mold and mildew; it can also grow on the HVAC system’s evaporator coil. Not only can this decrease efficiency, but those spores will spread from there to the rest of your home. You can’t place a dehumidifier in your evaporator coil, but you can use a UV lamp instead. UV lamps use safe, concentrated UV rays to sterilize the interior of the air handler. They are small enough to be placed in the actual evaporator coil or in the ductwork, whichever you prefer.
You’ve worked hard enough. It’s time to get your home working for you. You need the help of innovative air quality products if you’re going to build the healthy home you and your family deserve. To install any of these effective indoor air quality products, call Griffith Energy Services today at 888-721-5707.
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