Indoor air quality is vital to the health of your family. Did you realize 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 placed indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks. Mold, pollen, pet dander, radon and even formaldehyde are commonly found inside homes.
Another concern as it relates to indoor air quality is humidity. Air that is too humid or too dry can have ill effects on your health and damage your home. Let’s check out three of the ways Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can help you improve the indoor air quality in your Columbus home.
A Clean System is the First Step to Good Indoor Air Quality
A dirty HVAC system can harbor and circulate allergens throughout your house. Your first line of defense is to keep your system clean and well maintained. The easiest thing you can do is take a look at 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 Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling recommends that you check them every month—especially if you have indoor air quality problems. Annual furnace, heat pump and/or air conditioner maintenance is beneficial, too. Your technician will ensure your system is clean and not circulating dust and debris throughout your Columbus home.
Enlist the Help of an Air Purifier
An air purifier can help improve indoor air quality and give some relief from seasonal and indoor allergies. For optimal allergy control, look for an air purifier that filters out at least 95 percent of particles as small as .3 micron (a micron is one-thousandth of a millimeter). Even if no one in your home suffers from allergies, filtering out pollutants is significant. 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 house—down to .01 micron.
Another way an air purifier can make your space more comfortable is by eliminating household odors. While not as serious 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 remove these odors than trying to cover them up. Cleaning products, air sprays and scented candles may actually pollute your indoor air more. The right air purifier will end household odors, offering 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. Remember that viruses generally thrive in dry air, and dry air is known to intensify 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 during the winter. That’s drier than the world’s driest deserts! So what can help?
A whole home humidifier can deliver 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 set. Proper humidity levels will not only help keep everyone in your home in good health, but they can help defend 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 Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can help you enhance your indoor air quality. Call us at 614-451-0846 to find out even more options.