Indoor Air Quality
What Is 'Indoor Air Quality' and Why Does It Matter?
Many air pollutants cannot be removed adequately by an air conditioner or air filter. These contaminants can lead to health problems while simultaneously reducing your HVAC system’s efficiency and effectiveness, driving up both health and utility bills, and creating discomfort in your home or business. In fact, frequent exposure to low quality air can result in a variety of symptoms and serious illnesses, particularly among children, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system.
There are a wide range of indoor air quality solutions available to help you eliminate contaminant exposure in your home or business. They range in price, depending on the type of equipment needed to treat the specific conditions inside your living areas.
Your HVAC system comes with an air filter. However, this filter serves the purpose of protecting the interior of the HVAC from damage; it does not benefit your indoor air quality or prevent the buildup of debris inside the ductwork. Our team of professionals will install a special set of air filters (known as HEPA filters) into your HVAC system that are designed to trap tiny particles of contamination that move through the air circulating around the rooms. This method will significantly improve your indoor air quality by removing pollutants such as dust, dirt, pollen, humidity, dander and dust mites.
If anyone in your family is suffering from allergy or asthma–like symptoms, or unpleasant odors drift through many of the rooms in your home, an air purifier might be just the right air quality solution for your home. Air purifiers are appliances that use ionization, as opposed to a mesh of fibers, to remove unwanted particles from the air. An air purifier is installed into your HVAC system, where it uses a method called "corona discharge" to ionize the air molecules. Larger particles, such as pollutants, are more likely to become ionized, and the air purifier draws these charged particles down to two metal plates and traps them there. This method of purification removes smaller particles, such as gas and odor molecules, that would otherwise escape a standard HEPA filter. Air purifiers require a relatively small amount of electricity to run and will not result in a higher power bill.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
The best way to enhance your overall air quality is to combine several methods that cover a wide range of causes. Our trained technicians can help you evaluate your indoor air quality issues and design a personalized strategy that best suits your needs and budget. Typical techniques include the following:
- Cleaning the air ducts and vents regularly
- Vacuuming frequently with a HEPA filter
- Changing your HVAC air filters frequently and using HEPA filters
- Using a dehumidifier to modulate the indoor humidity level
- Getting preventive maintenance to keep your ventilation system clean and operational
- Using an air filtration system to capture large particles
- Utilizing ultraviolet lights to kill tiny particles and organisms
To learn more about what Dr. Kool can do to improve the indoor air quality at your residential or commercial property,
please contact us and one of our friendly, knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.