Posted: November 16, 2022 at 3:40 pm
By: Lakes Region HVAC
Prioritizing healthy indoor air quality has become increasingly more important for many people in the past couple of years. While it is common to associate an HVAC system with the primary role of heating and cooling homes, it is important to know there are components on your HVAC unit (as well as other complimentary products) that can purify and condition the air you and your family breathe.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor levels. With Americans spending approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, this can become a serious health concern.
Homes today tend to be tightly sealed and well-insulated. While this is great for energy efficiency, if you do not have proper ventilation your air can become stale and pollutants can become a health issue. Typical pollutants of concern include: carbon monoxide (check out our blog to learn more about how to protect your family from carbon monoxide in your home), radon, pet dander, mold, dust mites, microscopic bacteria, viruses and pathogens.
Exposure to indoor air pollution can cause a range of health issues including irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, heart disease, respiratory diseases, cognitive deficits and cancer.
Fortunately, many HVAC systems include advanced filtration systems. Keeping up with regular maintenance on your heating and cooling systems ensures your system is working efficiently and effectively. These services can also extend the life of your HVAC units. One of the easiest ways to improve your indoor air quality right now is to change your HVAC system's filter or upgrade to a higher-quality filter that's compatible with your system. If you need help determining whether your indoor air is sufficiently filtered, we recommend investing in an indoor air quality test.
Other types of indoor air quality solutions include:
removes dust, mold, bacteria, pollen and viruses.
dry air can exacerbate allergies, cause dry skin and overall discomfort. Humidifiers help maintain ideal humidity levels in your home.
during the hot, humid seasons moisture can build up causing mold, dust mites and damp conditions. Using a dehumidifier in the warmer months will also make the air inside your home feel cooler.
these lamps kill organisms that can be found on the indoor coils of your air conditioner, preventing them from being spread throughout your home. Not only do UV Lamps improve air quality, they increase the performance of your cooling system as well.
these replace stale indoor air with fresh air from the outdoors. An added benefit is the reduced humidity levels as well as fresh, clean air inside your home.
If you have any questions, one of our trained professionals can advise you further.
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