Don’t overlook the impact of indoor air quality problems

The majority of Americans spend upwards of 90% of their time indoors.

Unfortunately, indoor environments tend to have problems with air quality. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, indoor environments are five times more likely to have air quality issues than outdoor air. Due to dire weather, opening windows and promoting ventilation isn’t always any option. Sealing up the home to avoid energy losses is a priority. While upgrading insulation, caulk and weatherstripping is great for reducing energy bills, a tight home seals in contaminants such as dust, pollen, dander, smoke particles, odors, and chemicals. These allergens are trapped within the home and circulated over and over. When the family inhales harmful bacteria, viruses and mold spores, they are at risk of health concerns. Asthma, allergies, headache, respiratory infections and flu-like symptoms are all consequences on degraded air quality. The Heating and Air Conditioning can make it worse. The HVAC companies have responded with a wide selection of air quality accessories. They offer whole-home models that install right into the existing Heating and Air Conditioning unit, supplying quiet, efficient and low-maintenance performance. Air purifiers cleanse the indoor air at least eight times an hour, eliminating up to 99% of airborne contaminants. Heat recovery ventilation systems introduce a steady stream of fresh air, all year round, but avoid energy losses. Germicidal UV lamps target bacterial growth on the cooling coil and sterilize the air before it circulates through the home. There’s dehumidifiers and humidifiers to correctly maintain moisture levels. It’s wise to consult an HVAC professional and invest in home testing. That way you can target your particular problems.

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