Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency – and a good deal of that is at home, whether sleeping, getting ready to go to work, or resting after a long day.
You can’t control the air everywhere, but you can help improve the air quality in your home. Especially during cold and flu season, having cleaner, fresher air at home is a good way to help stay healthy.
Indoor air can sometimes have more pollutants than outdoor air, containing irritants like pet dander, pollen, bacteria, and viruses that linger in the air and rest on surfaces. These contaminants can contribute to drying out our skin and sinuses as well.
Start with an air quality evaluation
While many homes don’t meet proper levels of air quality standards, the good news is that with through proper ventilation and air treatment, it can be vastly improved. A trusted HVAC company can evaluate any potential issues and help determine the best solution.
Improving indoor air quality
An indoor air quality evaluation involves diagnosing the indoor air pollution that could be affecting your family’s health, as well as making recommendations. This could involve a number of different options, including:
- Air cleaners and purifiers – whole house filtration systems that provide extremely high air filtration efficiency and patented germicidal technology
- Whole-house humidifiers – systems that can improve your homes comfort by reducing clamminess, stickiness, and musty odors during seasons of heavy air conditioning, as well as reducing the over-dry air that comes with heating during cool months
- UV germicidal lamps –which destroy micro-organisms that make air unhealthy, as well reduce odors, and improve air handling efficiency
- Duct cleaning – to ensure proper system operation and greater indoor comfort
- Duct replacement – to replace deteriorated ducts that allow air to escape ad pull dirty air into your living space
- Aerosol duct sealing – which can reduce duct leakage by up to 90% and reduce energy usage by up to 30%
An evaluation process might also include discussing any health problems you or any family member may be experiencing in order to determine the most appropriate testing methods.
During the air quality assessment, if the possibility of mold is an issue, an HVAC professional can also determine whether comprehensive mold testing will be necessary.