If you live in a large city like Dallas you’ve probably thought about the quality of the air you breathe at least once. With this many people driving vehicles, operating equipment, using chemicals, and even just breathing, we are all being exposed to environmental pollutants on some level. Most of these are simply unavoidable. Escaping outdoor pollutants in this day and age would require some major lifestyle changes that simply aren’t feasible for most of us. The good news is you CAN DO something about the air quality inside your home.
Most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, and guess what…..
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.
Take that into consideration along with the amount of time you spend indoors and you will see that the risks to our health may be greater due to exposure to indoor air pollution than outdoors! Crazy huh?
While pollutant levels from individual sources may not pose a significant health risk by themselves, most homes have more than one source that contributes to indoor air pollution. There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products like air fresheners, can release pollutants continuously.
Other sources, related to activities carried out in the home, release pollutants intermittently. These include smoking, the use of unvented or malfunctioning stoves, furnaces, or space heaters, the use of solvents in cleaning and hobby activities, the use of paint strippers in redecorating activities, and the use of cleaning products and pesticides in housekeeping, and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution. And let’s not forget about airborne allergens, viruses, and bacteria.
Every homeowner wants their house to be tightly sealed off from the outside elements. The downside of this is that the air inside our homes can become “stale” in that it is constantly re-circulated. Having a tightly sealed off home is great for energy savings but not so good for our health. That’s because things like airborne particles, viruses, bacteria, and off-gases from household materials and cleaners can remain in the air and circulate through our homes for long periods and there can be a serious risk from their combined effects.
Okay, but you always change your home air filters so you’re good right?
Not really. The truth is, your homes air filters’ main purpose is to protect the inside components of your HVAC system, not your indoor air.
The air filter is stationed at the point where the air is pulled into the system. It traps air-born particles that get sucked in with the air and keeps them from blocking the blower and clogging up the coils over time. Clogged coils can’t heat or cool the air passing over them, and they may damage the system. So, the air filter helps your heating and cooling system do its job, keeps it running efficiently and protects it so it will last longer. That’s not to say that it has no effect on your indoor air. Filters also help to keep dust from building up in your ducts or being blown into other rooms of your house.
Of course, changing your home’s filter is important and does have an impact on the quality of air circulated through your home but it isn’t always enough. HVAC filters have a MERV rating, this rating ranges from 1-20 and represents how well a filter can catch smaller airborne particles. 1 meaning it can only catch large airborne particles, 20 meaning it can catch very small airborne particles. So you just go with the highest MERV rated filter right? Here’s the problem with that, filters with a high MERV rating are extremely tightly woven and can drop air pressure in your duct system, which can increase energy bills and damage your HVAC system. Because high MERV filters are designed to catch large and small particles they will get dirty quickly and further block airflow. Not to mention the cost of higher MERV rated air filters can be very high.
It’s important to find a balance when choosing an air filter MERV rating that will still catch an acceptable amount of airborne pollutants without hindering the performance of your HVAC system.
What is the solution for truly clean air in your home?
Whole-home in-duct air purifiers are the next generation solution in indoor air quality technology. An Electronic UV Air Purifier can be installed directly into your home’s existing heating and air conditioning system and is capable of purifying every cubic inch of air that your central air conditioning system touches. A whole-home air purifier is surprisingly affordable, low maintenance, and simply the most effective and budget-friendly way to improve your home’s indoor air quality.
What makes this process so efficient is that the electronic air cleaner effectively removes microscopic impurities from your air by using high-intensity UVC light. Disinfecting the air by neutralizing airborne pathogens such as common allergy triggers from particulates such as pollen, mold spores, dander and dust, airborne and surface bacteria & viruses, odors from cooking, pets, dirty socks, diaper pails, and musty rooms. This cleansing of the air takes place inside of your duct or plenum, just before the conditioned air is distributed throughout your home.
An in-duct air purifier will deliver air throughout your home that has been thoroughly conditioned, meticulously filtered, and cleaned of up to an unprecedented 99.98% of airborne contaminants. By including a whole-home air purifier as part of your home comfort system, you and your family can breathe easier than ever before.
If you are interested in learning more about the indoor air quality solutions we can offer you, give us a call to schedule an appointment. 972-288-2263