We’re all familiar with the efforts to improve outdoor air quality. Air pollution reduction efforts have been effective at reducing smog, particulates, and so on. While it’s still an issue, things continue to improve.
Improving indoor air quality (IAQ) is a way to keep your home clean, improve livability, and reduce allergens and other respiratory related issues, such as asthma, lung irritation, and so on.
Read on to learn more about how you can improve the indoor air quality in your home, or give our West Milford HVAC contractors a call now!
Indoor air pollution is caused by a variety of factors. Some come from the outside, such as pollen, air pollution, smoke, animal dander in the air, and so on.
Other sources come from inside your home. These include smoke, grease, and cooking odors, secondhand smoke, if anyone in the household smokes, the materials used to build your home, numerous consumer products, and your home furnishings.
The indoor pollutants can be particles or gases, including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which were common in house paint but have since been phased out. They also come from your carpeting (that “new carpet smell”), your furniture, from the foam rubber in your furniture, and other sources.
The particulates causing air quality issues, including PM2.5 (fine) and PM10 (coarse), formaldehyde, mold (which can cause serious respiratory issues), pollen, pet dander, and so on.
We spend about 90% of our time in our homes, so exposure to pollutants will happen mostly at home. It’s very important to consider the impact these pollutants can have on your long-term health.
You can reduce indoor air pollution by reducing or remove the pollutants from your indoor air and bringing in clean outdoor air.
Air purification systems are specially designed to improve the air quality in your home. They also help to prevent anybody in your family from breathing in harsh and harmful air pollutants.
The REME-HALO® system is powered by a proprietary REME® technology, which combine a UVC light on an advanced catalyst to create low concentrations of gaseous hydrogen peroxide in the air that disperses throughout your space.
As Mother Nature’s chosen sanitizer, hydrogen peroxide is incredibly effective at reducing viruses, bacteria, mold spores, odors, VOCs, and other microbes in the air and on surfaces in your home.
Furnace and HVAC filters only filter air when the system is running. That’s approximately 25% of the time during heating and cooling seasons. They’re designed to filter particles. The higher the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV), the better the filter. The minimum you should choose is a rating of 13, or as high a rating your system and filter holder can accommodate. Checking with Mark Lindsay and Son about the highest rated filter you can use would be a good idea.
One thing you should avoid is any device that deliberately produces ozone. Ozone is a lung irritant. Air cleaners that have electrostatic precipitators, ionizers, UV lamps with inadequate lamp coatings, and plasma air cleaners can all possibly emit ozone.
If you’re considering purchasing a home air cleaning system, call us at Mark Lindsay and Son and our technicians will help you select the air quality system that will keep your indoor air clean and fit your budget!