Keeping the air clean and safe to breathe in your Marietta, Georgia, home isn’t always easy. Thanks to the relatively mild climate, bacteria and other allergens can flourish year-round, lowering your in-home air quality. This can exacerbate symptoms of allergies and asthma, cause certain respiratory diseases, and even contribute to chronic headaches and dizziness. Don’t put you or your family at risk. Use these high-tech ways to improve the indoor air quality of your home.
UV Lamps Help Indoor Air Quality
In most cases, an ordinary air filter does a great job of removing general pollution from the air. But what about those smaller, microscopic particles that can slip through the filter and make it out the vent? To stop these particles, install a UV lamp in your HVAC system.
UV lamps work by attaching to the inside of your HVAC system’s air handler. As the air flows through the system during the treatment process, it will pass through the UV light the lamp is emitting. This small dose of UV rays is enough to kill bacteria, toxins, and other particles that could be harmful to your health. It can even reduce dust mites by damaging their genetic structure, causing them to die.
In addition to being a particle-slaying machine, UV lamps run silent. This means they won’t be a nuisance to your home.
Sure, humidifiers have been around for seemingly forever, but modern advances are making them a must-have for your home. With a modern humidifier, you can identify the exact level of humidity you want in your home or let the system decide for you. Experts estimate that the best humidity level in the home for your health is 30 to 50 percent, and many new humidifiers work to hit this range automatically.
When the air in your home has the right level of moisture, you’ll decrease your chance of catching a cold. This is because the germs that cause colds love dryness, so you’ll thwart their reproduction when you hit them with a blast of moistened air. Humidifiers also help you eliminate dry skin in the winter, reduce static cling that gives you unexpected shocks, and even protect your electronics by reducing the risk of electric damage.
Energy Recovery Ventilators
Ventilating your home is a good way to remove stale, unclean air and replace it with fresh, treated air from your HVAC system. Opening a window can sometimes be an option, but this puts you at risk from outdoor pollution like car exhaust or smoke. Additionally, if it’s hot or cold outside, the incoming air will destabilize your ideal temperature.
Instead, try out an energy recovery ventilator. It works similar to a heat pump in that it brings in hot air by taking the energy from the outgoing air to pull in new air. Through this process, harmful particles are eliminated in an energy-efficient method that won’t hike up your utility bill. Installing an energy recovery ventilator is a great accompaniment to one of our energy savings agreement plans if you’re interested in lowering your utility bill even more.
An air cleaner is a fantastic sidekick to the air filter in your HVAC system. The wonderful thing about air cleaners is there are many different kinds out there. You can opt for a whole-home unit that connects directly into your HVAC system or a portable unit to add to each room.
When choosing an air cleaner, look for two important factors: its percentage efficiency rate and how much air it cycles through the filter. The percentage efficiency rate determines how well it filters pollutants from the air, but even an air cleaner with a high-efficiency rate won’t perform well with a low air circulation rate. The best models have good efficiency and high air circulation.
These are just a few of the latest components you can add to your home to improve your indoor air quality. For more help, contact E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning today. We offer a wide range of indoor air quality services, and we proudly carry products from the Carrier line. To learn more about how we can help purify the air in your home, call us today at 678-369-8866.
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