Home Heating, Cooling, Air Quality and More
Indoor air quality is important for every home, especially for households with those who suffer from allergies and asthma. EPA studies show that in the smoggiest cities, the air inside most modern homes is usually at least 10 times more polluted than the air outside.
How can this be? There are many reasons that your home’s air can become more polluted than the air outside, some of which were discovered only recently. They include invisible assassins like radon and CO2, as well as gas-emitting chemicals like formaldehyde, which is used in making modern carpeting, drapery, household cleaners, furniture, and building materials. There are also common airborne pollutants that can contribute to air quality such as pollen, viruses, dust and dust mites, as well as damp areas where standing water can breed mold, mildew, and other microbes.
Much of the indoor air quality problem can attribute to the way modern homes are built—which, for purposes of energy efficiency, are designed to be as airtight as possible. The consequence is that stale air, laced with odors, chemicals, irritants, andeven miniscule insectsoften becomes trapped in modern homes, where it circulates over and over. This can lead to eye irritation, sinus congestion, sneezing, runny noses, stuffiness, colds, flu, headaches, dizziness, outbreaks of allergies and asthma, sore throats, and various other respiratory ailments.
This issue is so serious and prevalent that environmentalists have coined a new term for it: IAQ, or indoor air quality. Today’s homeowners need to become more aware of the importance of IAQ and what they can do about it.
Air pollution is a serious problem, especially inside your home! The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health, andalso reports that indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.
Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Additionally, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue. People who already have respiratory diseases are at greater risk.
Don’t just treat the symptoms of indoor air pollution. Remove the problems from the air in every room of your house, from your bedroom to your basement, with an air cleaning system.
There are many types of air cleaners on the market today, including media air cleaners, electronic air cleaners, and HEPA air cleaners. Whole-home air cleaners make your air as clean as possible by removing particulates from your air, allowing you to breathe healthier air — which is important to those with allergies and asthma and for those who want the cleanest air possible for themselves and their family. An air cleaner installed by your heating and cooling contractor can help rid your home of dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, bacteria and viruses, smoke, and more.
Air cleaners are installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling system, completely out of your way and out of sight. That means each and every time your system runs, the air in your home is filtered through a state-of-the-art media filter, removing potentially harmful contaminants from every room of your home.
The resulting clean air is then distributed via your heating and cooling system’s ductwork to your entire home. Best yet, the system is easy to maintain with infrequent maintenance that is only necessary every year or two. This is unlike portable units, which often require cleaning and other maintenance once every one to three months.
Turn your central heating and cooling system into a whole-house air cleaner!