The air you breathe on a daily basis greatly affects your overall health and well-being. Tiny airborne particles floating through your home lower your indoor air quality and cause adverse side effects, such as:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Allergy and asthma symptoms
- Respiratory complications
These microscopic annoyances are commonplace in our daily lives. Pets, soaps, cleaning supplies, furniture and perfumes are a few things that cause an increase in airborne pollutants such as dust, dander, fungal spores, smoke, odor, bacteria, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and pollen. You can control these particles that reduce your indoor air quality with a few simple items.
Ventilation and circulation
Proper airflow and ventilation will help push the airborne particles out while preventing your home from feeling stuffy. Merely opening your windows and running a fan can help circulate and ventilate the air in your home. However, this method requires being at the mercy of the weather. Installing a ventilation system is a more reliable way to keep your entire home ventilated and with proper circulation no matter the weather conditions.
Air purifiers work by continuously running the air in your home through a filter that catches airborne particles and impurities that reduce your indoor air quality. Air purification systems are generally available in two types: whole-house and single units. Single units are cheaper and can be moved from room to room. However, they can take up needed space and don’t provide complete purification to your entire home.
A whole-house air purifier is typically attached to your HVAC unit. Whole-house systems can be a bit expensive and some consumers don’t have the budget for this option. No matter what air purifier you purchase, none of them will remove dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide. All homeowners should install CO detectors around the home to monitor this silent killer.
For more information about indoor air quality and what you can do to improve your home’s air, contact the experts at Stack Heating & Cooling. Our family-owned business has been proudly serving the Greater Cleveland area since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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