There was a time when the air outside was more polluted than indoor air. Nowadays, pollutants can be two to five times more concentrated indoors than outdoors. To compound this problem, most people spend up to 90 percent of their time inside. The air in your home matters!
Why indoor air quality (IAQ) matters
The air you breathe has a huge impact on your well-being. Health issues caused by poor IAQ can be immediate or long-term depending on the type and concentration of pollutants.
Short-term symptoms include sore throat, fatigue, and headaches. Long-term effects include the development of respiratory illnesses and even cancer.
Here are 4 ways to
Air cleaners and purifiers
You can clean the air throughout your house or you can deal with it room by room. Whole-house air cleaners are placed in the return duct to your furnace. The air first passes through the purifier’s filters to remove allergens and pollutants before entering the furnace. Then it gets distributed throughout your home via ductwork.
Alternatively, you can opt for a purifier that takes care of only one room. These units clean more air in that space but the obvious disadvantage is that the rest of the house won’t benefit.
UV light is used in air purifiers to kill bacteria and mold spores, helping reduce allergens in the home. Air scrubbers using this technology have even been proven to kill viruses on your home surfaces. Be sure to consult your home comfort experts about this option.
Depending on the weather, you can use natural ventilation to introduce clean air into your home.
Open the windows and doors on opposite sides of your home to allow outdoor air to flow through. Be careful if you have allergies to pollen and dust as this can introduce more allergens into your home.
To increase the amount of outdoor air in your home, exhaust fans and ventilators can give properly measured airflow rates so you know you’re getting the right amount of air. Whether you decide to go with an air purifier, you always need proper ventilation to replace stale air with fresh air, so this is fundamental to all homes.
If you need help cleaning out your home’s air, give Western Heating & Air a call and the professionals can share the best options for your family. Don’t forget to take a look at Western Heating & Air’s air scrubber and whole-home humidifier, which will drastically improve your IAQ.
Visit WesternHeatingAir.com or call (801) 477-4670 to schedule your free air quality consultation.