Central Air Purifiers Help You Breathe Easier
During the colder months, you most likely work hard to keep your home sealed up tight. By limiting drafts and closing windows, you help make sure that your heating system is doing its job most efficiently. Unfortunately, by limiting the intake of fresh outside air, your indoor air quality (IAQ) can suffer. This post looks at the importance of indoor air quality for your family’s health, and how a quality central air purifier can help keep the air in your home cleaner and healthier.
Air Quality Concerns
When your home is mostly closed up during the winter, a variety of allergens and other airborne irritants can build up in your indoor air. In addition to dust particles of all sizes, these can also include a host of potentially harmful products and byproducts from normal daily life, particularly volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) consisting of things such as kitchen cooking byproducts, detergents, soaps and spray cleaners, wood preservatives, air fresheners, printer toner, fumes from paints and solvents, and more. Smoking inside the home will add other pollutants into the mix. If you own a pet, you know that pet dander can further add to the erosion of your indoor air quality – in addition to creating more work for your furnace’s air filter. For many, being in contact with all of these compounds in our indoor breathing air can lead to notable health and comfort issues. For those with respiratory issues, this mix of irritants can potentially raise serious health concerns.
There are some simple things that can be done to improve your indoor air quality in the winter. Just by cracking open some windows on a sunny day, you can get a burst of fresh air. Running exhaust fans in the bathrooms and over the stove when in use, and for a little while afterwards, will help remove some indoor air pollutants. You can also help keep dust, and even trace amounts of lead and pesticides out of your home by simply having guests take off their shoes as they enter.
There are also some more innovative – albeit more costly – exhaust fan products available, such as heat recovery ventilators (aka. air-to-air heat exchangers), which can retain heat from stale indoor air that’s being expelled from the home.
Central Air Purifiers Improve Indoor Air Quality
If you are serious about indoor air quality, you need to look for a professional solution. The central air filter attached to your furnace can be a big part of the answer. A high-quality furnace filter (there’s a number of good options), maintained properly, can do a great job of removing dust and a variety of indoor pollutants from the air in your home.
If you also want to address many of the chemicals, bacteria, and viruses that may be present in your indoor air, you should learn more about installing a central air purifier in your ducting system, working in concert with your furnace and furnace filter. Some of the popular air purifier designs incorporate ultraviolet light and a catalyst material to produce airborne microscopic ions, also known as plasma, which naturally propagate around your indoor environment. These ions interact with the air, neutralizing many of the undesirable gaseous products described above. The result: healthier indoor air.
Save Home Heat Company offers professional indoor air quality installation and maintenance services, and high-quality IAQ products to the Boulder and Denver metro areas. We can also help you with all your heating, cooling, plumbing and drains, and electrical needs. Give us a call today and let us help you breathe easier.Tags: Air Cleaners, Central Air Purifiers, Indoor Air Quality