Indoor air quality is key to your family’s health. Were you aware that the air inside the average home is much more polluted than outdoor air? It is—about five times more. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are regularly found inside homes.
Another concern as it relates to indoor air quality is humidity. Air that is too humid or too dry can have unpleasant effects on your health and damage your home. Let’s review three of the ways Brandon Heating and Plumbing can help you improve the indoor air quality in your Brandon home.
A Clean System is the First Step to Good Indoor Air Quality
A dirty HVAC system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your home. Your first line of defense is to ensure you maintain your system and keep it clean. The easiest thing you can do is assess your air filter routinely and replace it when it becomes dirty. In the majority of homes, the air filter needs to be changed every two or three months, but Brandon Heating and Plumbing recommends that you check them every month—especially if you have indoor air quality concerns. Annual furnace, heat pump and/or air conditioner maintenance is beneficial, too. Your technician will make sure your system is clean and not circulating dust and debris through your Brandon home.
Enlist the Help of an Air Purifier
An air purifier can help improve indoor air quality and provide some relief from seasonal and indoor allergies. For optimal allergy control, look for one that filters out at least 95 percent of particles as small as .3 micron (a micron is one-thousandth of a millimeter). Regardless of whether allergies are an issue with any one in your home, filtering out pollutants is beneficial. The EPA has stated that the long-term effects of poor indoor air quality include potentially debilitating or deadly respiratory and heart diseases and cancer (https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality). A good air purifier, like the Lennox® PureAirTM, will remove 90 percent of germs and bacteria from your indoor space—down to .01 micron.
Another way an air purifier can make your home more comfortable is by eliminating household odors. While not as severe as pollutants and germs, bad odors are usually unwelcome in people’s homes. Odors from things like pets, cooking, and sports gear can cause your home to smell unclean. Cleaning your air with an air purifier is a healthier way to eliminate these odors than trying to mask them. Cleaning products, air sprays and scented candles might actually pollute your indoor air more. The right air purifier will obliterate household odors, giving you clean, healthy air.
Control Humidity for Health
The EPA recommends maintaining your indoor relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent. Air that is too dry can cause health problems like upper-respiratory issues, dry throat and nose, and itchy skin. Don’t forget that viruses generally thrive in dry air, and dry air is known to heighten symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers. And, chances are likely that your home’s air is too dry—the average heated home has a relative humidity between 13 and 16 percent throughout the cold season. That’s drier than the world’s driest deserts! So what can help?
A whole home humidifier can provide up to 50 percent more humidity than portable humidifiers. Plus, you don’t have to repeatedly adjust most models—just program in your desired humidity and you’re ready to go. Proper humidity levels will not only help keep you and your family in good health, but they can help protect your home from damages caused by dry airlike shrinking and cracking wood. What’s even better is that humid air feels warmer, so with a whole home humidifier on board, you could set your thermostat a little lower to save on energy bills without sacrificing comfort.
These are just a sampling of the ways Brandon Heating and Plumbing can help you increase your indoor air quality. Contact us at 204-728-0180 to find out even more options.