According to the EPA, indoor air can be as much as five times more polluted than outdoor air. Common indoor air pollutants include pollen, dust, dust mites, pet dander, VOCs, bacteria, viruses, gases and chemical toxins from household cleaners and air fresheners. These indoor air pollutants can aggrivate allergies and asthma, cause respiratory infections, cause cancer and can even cause neurological problems. Let's take a look at the benefits of an Bryant air purifier.
Despite cleaning or replacing your air filter regularly, some dust and debris does make it through to your air ducts. This allows dust, dirt and allergens to linger in your duct system. This negatively impacts your indoor air quality but also causes your HVAC system to work harder--increasing wear and tear, increasing energy bills and decreasing the lifespan of your system. So, how do you know if it's time for an air duct cleaning? Here are the signs your air ducts need cleaning.
The air inside your home can be 5-10 times more polluted than the air outside your home. Air-tight construction practices meant to increase efficiency and prevent heat loss trap air inside the home where pollutants circulate at concentrated levels. Let's explore the benefits of an air purification system for your home.
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Did you know that the air inside your home can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside your home? Pollutants such as smoke, pet dander, dust, radon, cooking residue, cleaning supplies, viruses, bacteria, mold and building materials can all be sources of indoor pollution. Most homes have at least one indoor air quality problem. Poor indoor air quality can also cause breathing difficulties for people with asthma and allergies. There are an estimated 25 million people with asthma in the U.S. and 50 million who suffer from allergies. Poor indoor air quality can also impact children, pregnant women and the elderly. The air quality in newer homes can be even worse than air quality in older homes due to current air-tight construction practices. Air-tight means air from outside doesn't replace the stale indoor air as easily.
So, what can be done to protect your indoor air quality?
Air ventilation particularly addresses the issue of air-tight construction. Bryant's Energy Recovery Ventilators cycle fresh, filtered air in and help cycle stale, polluted air out. The difference with ventilation is that it cycles fresh air in but doesn't filter or purify the air inside your home the way an air purification system would. However, it does improve indoor air quality by bringing in that fresh air.
There are other options you can use or add to the options above to address your indoor air quality. One such option is to have germicidal UV lights installed. These UV lights are the same technology used to kill airborne germs in hospitals and medical settings. They can also help kill mold that could build up on the coils due to natural condensation and other moisture. If you're already using an air purifier and still have concerns about germs in the air, this can be a good option for you.
If humidity is a contributing factor to the poor air quality in your home, there is a solution for that as well. High humidity in a home fosters mold growth and allows germs to thrive. If your existing system isn't bringing the humidity level in your home down to a safe level, you can have a dehumidifier installed to pull moisture out of the air. This option also helps protect your HVAC system as excess moisture can lead to mold growth on the coils and within the drain system.
You don't have to live with poor indoor air. You have options to address and protect your indoor air. Call Carolina Comfort Systems today to review the options that would be best for your home.