Posted:March 23, 2021 at 10:10 am
By: Lakes Region HVAC
The current health concerns in our world have shown how easily viruses travel through the air. This same concept also applies to other bacteria and pathogens.
Those of us who are not sensitive to pollutants may not notice the effects of poor indoor air quality immediately, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an impact — sometimes adverse health complications can arise years later.
Thankfully, modern technology has given many different options to aid you in keeping everyone in your home breathing easy. You have the power to clean bacteria, viruses, and mold from the air, control the humidity, recirculate pure air, and kill harmful organisms that are growing within your home; All you need is the right equipment.
Let’s begin with air cleaners as they are probably the most straightforward option. Air cleaners do just as their name suggests. They're are very effective at removing airborne and surface microbial, bacteria, viruses, dust, pollen dander, and mold spores. They also reduce smoke, odors, and VOCs that can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation as well as headaches.
Another great option for controlling the quality of your indoor air are humidity controls. Great for eliminating mold and stagnant kitchen and bathroom odors that can linger within excess moisture in the summertime.
A whole-home dehumidifier removes excess moisture from your air which eliminates unhealthy bacterial buildup; this essentially acts as an air purifier because it reduces the humidity level in which viruses and mold survive. Air can become dry during different seasons and within certain climates so humidity controls also serve to enrich hard, dry air with clean moisture.
At the other end of the humidity spectrum, a humidifier can be built-in to many heating and cooling systems — both new and existing. In addition to comfort and the preservation of the structure and items inside your home, proper humidification lowers fuel costs and will make your home’s air feel more comfortable.
Now, if mold and bacteria are the main concerns for your home then look no further than a UV lamp. These units will keep the interior of your heating and cooling unit mold and bacteria-free. Ultraviolet lights are used for many kinds of sterilization such as water purification, cleaning of medical tools, and keeping food free from bacteria. We love this option because energy costs average only about $2.00 a month!
Next, energy recovery ventilators (ERV) regulate the temperature of the fresh air coming into your home to maintain consistent temperatures and minimize energy costs. As the two air streams pass through the ERV, the heat exchanger transfers both heat and moisture from one air stream to another. This process filters contaminants as it passes through the heat exchange filter.
If you’re looking for a super-simple option to upgrade the quality of air in your home then we would suggest asking our experts to examine your current fan coil. When you match the right fan coil to your home’s heating or cooling equipment your system will run at peak efficiency. This will not only reduce your utility bills, but also, as you may have expected, improve indoor air quality.
Lastly, the perfect quick fix for improved air quality would be to have your ducts cleaned. Cleaning your ducts prevents the breeding of new pollutants in your home. Components of your unit become contaminated over time with particles of dust, pollen, and debris. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased and spores can be released into the home's living space. Regular duct cleaning gives you the peace of mind that your home’s unit is as clean as possible. Ideally this solution would be paired with another air purifying method for those who want exceptionally clean air.
That’s a lot of options, right? You don’t need to investigate them alone. Contact the Lakes Region HVAC Team anytime and we’ll be happy to visit and make sound, reasonable suggestions — keeping in mind your wishes and budget. Here’s to healthy living while your family is at home!
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