Indoor Air Quality, UV Lights & HumidifiersColumbia, MD, Ellicott City, MD, Fulton, MD, Clarksville, MD, Laurel, MD & Woodbine, MD
Your home HVAC system is an investment in your health and well being, as well as in the quality of your residence. You can install the best high-efficiency system, maintain it regularly, replace it in a timely manner and still not have a truly healthy home. Unless you address indoor air quality, your heating and cooling systems have the potential to negatively affect those living in your home. The American Lung Association is just one of many expert groups expressing concern over indoor air pollution, which can be worse than its outdoor counterpart.
Healthy Indoor Air: How You Can Help
Before getting to professional air quality testing solutions, we want to mention a few of the things you can do to improve your air at home. Be sure to vacuum or wipe pet dander, fur, dust, and other allergens regularly and enforce a ‘no smoking’ rule. In seasons when the temperature and humidity are pleasantly moderate, open the windows and circulate fresh air on a regular basis. Where possible, avoid strong chemical odors such as heavily scented laundry, or cleaning and air freshening products. If you’re renovating, consider using more environmentally friendly paint and other less toxic materials available at hardware stores.
Our Indoor Air Quality Solution
For many homes, these simple do-it-yourself tips along with a whole-house air cleaner will be all the air purification you need to see a big improvement in air quality. If that’s the case, you can forego further air quality testing and evaluation. If you suspect a mold problem, radon, or a specific and strong chemical incursion, further testing may be necessary.
Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers incorporate directly into your home’s heating and cooling system to silently and effectively remove pollutants throughout every room in the home. As the air in the home runs through the state-of-the-art filter media, contaminants such as pet dander, mold spores, bacteria, dust, and pollen are removed. Whether it’s allergy season, time for spring cleaning, or there’s some extra dust in the air, your air purifier is activated by the simple touch of an easy-access button. Event-Based Air Cleaning from Aprilaire puts you in control of when and how the air purifier operates. And the system is extremely low maintenance, requiring attention just once per year. For high efficiency air filtration, Aprilaire delivers immediate and sustainable improvement of the health, cleanliness, and enjoyment of your indoor environment.
The other major air quality challenge many of us face is unnaturally dry indoor air during the winter. For that, we recommend a Carrier Performance Whole-House Humidifier that uses a non-motorized, evaporative process, wastes no water and is easy for the homeowner to maintain. It uses an automatic digital control to sense outdoor conditions and adjusts indoor humidity accordingly. Its slim profile is easy to add to most furnaces or air handlers.
If you’ve ever gotten a shock off the carpet, you’ve experienced insufficient humidity. It’s more than uncomfortable. Overly dry air makes you more susceptible to infection and more likely to get colds, flu, and other respiratory ailments. Whole-Home Humidifiers automatically introduce the perfect amount of moisture to your home. They require little maintenance, work silently, and help to avoid unnecessarily high energy costs. When humidity is maintained within the ideal range, you’ll feel warmer at lower temperature settings. According to the EPA, every degree you lower your thermostat can trim 4% off your heating bill. Installed directly into your home’s central heating and cooling system, a whole-home humidifier protects the health, furnishings, and comfort throughout your entire home.
We at Environmental Systems Associates are happy to discuss with you whatever air quality concerns you may have regarding your home, and explore these and other solutions that may help.