Improving the Air Quality in Your Home
There’s nothing like home, sweet home. But dust, debris, allergens, pollutants, and viruses in the air inside our homes can definitely make things a lot less sweet especially for those dealing with allergies or respiratory problems. This year especially has left us all with many questions about the air quality in our homes and what we can do to improve it.
If you think better air quality in your home is a lost cause, here is some information you may want to consider: Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are able to help. There is equipment that can be installed/retrofitted to an existing forced-air system to help purify and clean the air in your home.
The three most common air quality upgrades that you can put in your home are: germicidal UV lights, electrostatic air filters, and whole-home humidifiers.
1. UV LIGHT
It is impossible to see with our eyes, but germs, bacteria, viruses, and mold can be in the air we breathe. Germicidal UV lights are used in hospitals to kill these airborne problems and reduce the spread of sickness. The same technology is available on a smaller scale for our homes. Installed in the ductwork of your HVAC system, germicidal UV lights can help disinfect the air you breathe. Whether you have a compromised immune system, kids bringing home germs from school, or you work around other people and want to avoid getting sick and missing work, a UV light could help.
2. ELECTROSTATIC AIR FILTER
Every HVAC system comes with basic filtration, which serves to help keep dirt and dust out of the internal components of the equipment. This can also help filter particulates such as dust and pet hair out of the air. A reusable carbon-based electrostatic air filter takes filtration a step beyond, helping to remove odors, dust mites, and pollen. An added bonus is that electrostatic filters don’t wear out, so they can even help you save money because you won’t have to buy new filters.
3. WHOLE-HOME HUMIDIFIER
Utah is among the driest areas in the country to live. There are pros and cons to living in a dry climate, but our health and homes would benefit from a balanced approach to humidity levels in the home. This balance is easily achieved with a whole-home humidifier. Humidifiers help prevent respiratory issues, dry skin, scratchy throats, and bloody noses. It can also reduce the severity of allergies, asthma, and eczema.
The air inside your home can have an impact on your health and well-being. Bad indoor air can cause various issues from allergy symptoms, respiratory problems, itching skin, to spreading viruses. Adding one, two, or all of the items listed above can improve the indoor air quality in your home.
If you would like to know more about improving the air quality in your home, call us, we can show you the different options and find out what works best for you!
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- 7 Steps to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter
- Common Furnace Failures - Podcast #043
- Whole-Home Humidifier Maintenance
- How A Furnace Works
Author: Tammy Nelson
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Dec 27th 2020