Are you looking for smart home upgrades that will improve your everyday life in your Easton, Maryland, home? Several sleek devices can do wonders for you and your family. Use germicidal UV lamps, humidifiers, air pollution monitors, sleep trackers, and air cleaners to help improve your home and your health and wellness.
Germicidal UV Lamps
Anywhere you have moisture in the home, mold and mildew pose a real threat. While mold in the shower or kitchen is often easy to see, the mold threat can exist in other less visible places, too. For example, your home’s HVAC system often has condensation on the evaporator coil which can create a damp environment in your air handler or ductwork.
A germicidal UV lamp installed directly in your HVAC system offers an effective solution. The UV light effectively kills mold spores as well as viruses and bacteria. Adding a UV lamp to the ductwork or HVAC coil can give you cleaner air throughout your home.
Low humidity is a common problem on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, particularly during the dry winter months. When humidity levels are low in the home, you’ll suffer from dry skin, irritated nasal passages, itchy eyes, and a sore throat. Cold and flu viruses can survive longer in these conditions, increasing your chances of getting sick. To make matters worse, the dry air can inflame the lining of your respiratory tract.
You can combat all the hazards of low humidity quickly and efficiently by installing a whole-house humidifier in your HVAC system. This device provides a more effective option than portable one-room humidifiers for increasing humidity levels throughout the home instead of in a single spot only.
Air Pollution Monitors
Air pollution monitors are useful devices that will test the indoor air quality in your home and let you know what you should address. The most common pollutants you can test for are smoke and carbon monoxide. However, you’ll find that current devices can also check pollen levels, carbon dioxide, dust pollution, and moisture in the air. Detecting air pollution is the first step toward addressing it. These home devices will give you the information you need to improve your air efficiently.
Wearable devices are one of the most common options for tracking sleep cycles, but some people prefer to ditch their wristbands when they climb into bed. If you want to gather valuable sleep data without having to strap on a tracker, turn to home devices that can do the job from your bedside. The ResMed S+ sits next to the bed to track your sleep. Other options, such as the Withings Aura, slip under the pillow or mattress to collect valuable data.
Once you know how you’re sleeping, you can take steps to improve your rest. Something as simple as turning down your programmable thermostat at night can give you dramatic improvements. Thanks to your sleep tracker, you’ll be able to see what works and what doesn’t.
Standard home HVAC systems contain simple filters that capture dust and other pollutants in the air. However, if air filters alone are all you’re relying on to keep the air breathable in your home, you’re letting many pollutants slip by you. A smarter solution is a dedicated air cleaner. You can check the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating on various filters to decide how efficiently they clean your air. Air cleaners of all varieties have more efficient filters than those in a standard HVAC unit.
With an air cleaner in place, you can remove VOCs, pollen, and other pollutants from your home’s air. This installation is particularly important if members of your family suffer from asthma, allergies, or other conditions that make them sensitive to air pollutants.
If you’re looking for smart indoor air quality solutions for your home, contact our home services professionals at Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391. We’ll help you assess your needs and select the best products for your home and family situation. The right humidifiers and air cleaners can make a world of difference in your life.
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