The U.S. EPA reports that the air inside homes across the country can have some of the highest levels of indoor pollutants encountered on a daily basis. Fortunately, it’s possible to use mechanical filtration, ventilation and ultraviolet (UV) technology to minimize the harmful impact of polluted air indoors.
- Airborne particulates. Dust, pollen and pet dander are common particulates found inside and can be year-round irritants for anyone with allergies or asthma.
- Odors and chemical vapors. The odors you smell after bringing home new products for your home may be volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can have side effects from mild to serious. Paints, new furniture and carpets, cleaning products, plastics, and dry cleaning are common sources of VOCs.
- Microorganisms and bioaerosols. Airborne bacteria and viruses can spread quickly indoors, as well as mold, fungi spores and dust mites.
Indoor Air Quality Management
- Air filtration. Upgrading the air filter for your HVAC system is the simplest way to manage some indoor pollutants. Look for pleated filters for better particle entrapment than fiberglass filters. Electrostatic filters can be installed in your HVAC system that are reusable and will trap smaller particles. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters can be used in conjunction with a central HVAC system, but require professional installation to boost the air supply.
- Indoor plants. Some types of houseplants will absorb VOCs from the air.
- Ventilation. New technology has made ventilating your home, regardless of the outside weather, possible. Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) exchange the energy in the stale, outgoing air and put it into the incoming air. Ventilation solves many of the issues associated with VOCs and other air quality problems.
- UV lights. These can be placed in ductwork or inside the blower cabinet to reduce microorganisms by altering their DNA, stopping their ability to reproduce.
If you’d like to minimize the impact of indoor pollutants in your home, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing to learn more about the air cleaning options for your home. We’ve provided HVAC services for Grand Traverse County and the surrounding counties for over 30 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 indoor pollutants and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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