5 Solutions For Your Home’s Poor Indoor Air Quality

How Polluted is Your Home's Indoor Air Quality?Did you know the air inside your home could be as much as 100 times unhealthier than the worst outdoor air? Your home could be suffering from an unhealthy collection of dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria, pollen and dust. In addition, the air in your home may be too dry, causing dry and irritable skin.
 
Poor indoor air quality can leads to or irritates asthma, allergy or other respiratory conditions. If you or someone in your home is suffering, here are five ways you can improve the health of your indoor air.

UV Germicidal Lamps

Your heating and cooling system’s components create natural condensation that can act as a breeding ground for harmful air pollutants. Left untreated, mold and mildew can form, releasing spores into your duct system and circulating into the air you breathe. UV lights kill bacteria, virus, fungi, mold and mildew, rendering these contaminants harmless and unable to reproduce. 

Duct Cleaning

Like everything else in your home, the ducts in your heating and cooling system accumulate dust and debris over the years. If not cleaned, the pollutants can be re-circulated into the air in your home whenever the fan turns on. By having your ducts cleaned, the registers, coils, condenser and ductwork will be thoroughly vacuumed and sanitized, leaving your air purer and fresher.

Filters

The air circulating through your heating and cooling system passes through a filter. These filters are designed not to clean your air, but to filter out large particles and protect your furnace, heater or air conditioner. To remove more of the harmful contaminants, you can your air filter. The higher the MERV number, the more efficient it is at removing small particles. 

Air Cleaners

Air cleaners take air filtration to the next level. Mounted in the ducts or as part of your heating and cooling system, whole-house air cleaners use advanced technology and high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove 99.97% of air particulates greater than 0.3 micron. These systems are similar to those used in hospitals, clean rooms and airplanes. 

Humidifiers

The process of conditioning the air in your home often dries it out. This leads to dry skin, sore throat, chapped lips and general discomfort. A humidifier adds a small amount of water vapor to the air in your home to maintain a comfortable level of humidity. 
 
Whole-house humidifiers are added to your existing heating and cooling system and can be easily maintained. As an added benefit a humidifier also reduces your heating bill in the winter because humid air feels warmer and more comfortable. 
 
Stop enduring poor indoor air quality and the health complications it creates. O’Connor’s One Hour replaces, services, maintains and installs a variety of indoor air quality products. 
 

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