Despite scrupulous cleaning, the typical home is usually a haven for indoor pollutants. Everything from dust mites to mold can abound without the homeowner even knowing. However, by modifying cleaning practices and making the most of effective ventilation, air cleaners and dehumidifiers, you can enjoy a more healthful home.
Pollutants in Your Home
Here’s a short list of indoor pollutants that, despite your efforts so far, may be compromising your family’s health:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Mold and mildew
- Carbon monoxide
- Bacteria and viruses
Many of these pollutants sit on your home’s surface until they’re stirred up when you clean or move about. These particulates are sometimes drawn into your HVAC system, passing through a clogged air filter and recirculating throughout your home again. Some, like mold, take root in places you can’t even see.
To the Rescue
It’s always best to control pollutants at their source. You can do this by leaving your shoes at the door, brushing off pollen before you enter your home, washing linens in super hot water to control dust mites and fixing plumbing leaks that may be promoting mold growth.
Technology can also help control pollutants. Here’s how:
- Upgrade your air filter. A pleated air filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of 8 to 12 can trap pollutants before they get in your air stream.
- An ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) air purification system installed in your HVAC system can help control mold and germs.
- Air cleaners are available as portables, but whole-house types are the most effective. You can also research electronic, electrostatic and gas phase activated carbon (for smoke and other vapors) air cleaners.
- Install exhaust ventilation in high-moisture areas, such as your kitchen and bathrooms. You can use dehumidifiers for extreme moisture problems.
- Have your home tested for radon. If it’s detected, seek professional remediation.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.
For more information on air cleaners, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Grand Traverse area for 35 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air cleaners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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