The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been sounding the alarm for years regarding indoor air quality. It estimates that the concentrations of some pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. This is an issue since most people spend the majority of their time inside, even more so over the past few years. It’s only getting worse thanks to energy-efficient building construction (with tight seals and little air exchange) and using synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides and household cleaners. Add too humid or too dry air, dust, pet dander, dust mites and such, and no wonder homeowners and business owners are investing in products that make the air they breathe as healthy as possible.
When customers ask our HVAC experts what they recommend to improve indoor air quality, these are the top seven products we suggest.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Above all else, we recommend every home and business have a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide isn’t just an indoor pollutant, it’s a deadly one. Even worse, carbon monoxide is odorless, making it impossible to detect by smell. Envirotech trusts CO-EXPERTS CO-2004 Low Level Carbon Monoxide “Health” Monitor because it uses the same electrochemical sensor technology found in professional carbon monoxide analyzers costing hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Maintaining the correct humidity level in your home or business helps prevent mites, mold and viruses—all of which can cause illness or aggravate existing medical conditions. Beyond the health reasons, using a whole-home humidifier throughout the winter reduces energy bills since moist air holds more heat. It also protects your furnishings and electronics because proper humidity keeps wood from cracking and reduces static electricity.
Pleated Media Filter
Upgrading to a pleated media filter from the traditional flat fiberglass type pulls contaminants ranging from dust to viruses from the air. Also, it helps remove most pollen, dust, mold, spores and dust mites. The pleats work better because they create more surface area through which the air can flow. Pleated media filters go up to MERV 11 (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value), and MERV 10 meets guidelines from the American Lung Association Health House. Ask your Envirotech expert for the right pleated media filter for your HVAC system. Too thick and the filter can reduce airflow, causing your system to work harder.
Electronic Air Cleaner
An electronic air cleaner uses electrically charged filters to help remove airborne contaminants. The air cleaner’s filter traps dust, pollen and dust mites, then the second electrically charged filter catches smaller contaminants from the air as it passes through your system and before it circulates throughout your home or business.
UV light air purifiers use short-wave ultraviolet light (UV-C light) to inactivate airborne pathogens and microorganisms like mold, bacteria and viruses, reducing indoor air pollutants. The UV light not only kills bacteria, microbes and allergy-causing fungi and molds, but also reduces biological odors in your home or business so it smells cleaner and fresher.
Ready to Breathe Healthier? Envirotech Heating & Cooling’s Experts Can Help
Depending on your home or business environment and any health concerns of those who live or work there, we can recommend the right product or mix of products to improve the air quality. Envirotech’s experts will answer all your questions and help you make the right decisions for your best health.