Are you concerned about the air quality in your home? A number of people have poor indoor air quality that is related to their HVAC systems in their homes. Not taking care of these issues can lead to problems such as allergies. The following information will arm you with some things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.
Portable Air Cleaning Devices
These are standalone devices that filter the circulating air to make it cleaner. They neutralize air contaminants. UV radiation is an example of one type of neutralizer used in portable air cleaning devices. It can destroy bacteria and viruses, and it can be safely used in residential and commercial settings.
Whole House Air Cleaners
These types of air cleaners are installed by professional contractors as part of HVAC systems. They work by reducing contaminants throughout entire properties rather than in specific locations. For example, a portable device might be used to improve air quality in a central location such as in the room of a child with asthma, but investing in a whole house cleaner would aid in ensuring that the rooms throughout an entire property have relatively the same air quality.
You may be like some people who think that selecting a filter is as simple as buying a new filter and replacing the older one. Filter selection can affect the air quality because certain filters trap certain allergens. Therefore, if you have a filter that is designed to trap larger particles, but the air in your home has smaller particles present, it is possible that the filter may allow the smaller particles to filter through.
Pleated filters are ideal for trapping larger particles. Examples of large particles are pollen, pet dander and dust. If you have been using pleated filters and continue to notice respiratory flare-ups, consider trying electrostatic filters, which are designed to trap small and large particles. Examples of small particles that might be contaminating the air in your home are bacteria, mold or viruses.
Find more information by speaking with an HVAC contractor—the best resource to use to improve the air in your home. They can identify problems with your heating and air conditioning that might be negatively impacting the quality of the air in your home. For example, dirty ductwork could be causing dust and other allergens to spread throughout your home when you activate the air conditioning or heat.