While we believe that everyone deserves to breathe clean air, but we also know that it’s difficult to ensure the quality of air in your home. Unfortunately, the indoor air is often even more polluted than the air outside your home. Any dust or airborne allergens have no place else to go, and they end up recirculating in the rooms and through the ducts. While you should have a filter in place for your air conditioning system, these usually are not effective enough to eliminate the most harmful contaminants from the air. So what can you do to improve the air quality? Here are three suggestions for supplemental systems that can make your home a healthier place.
- Air Purifier – A strong mechanical filter with a high MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value) should eliminate more contaminants than a standard home filter, and an HVAC technician can help you to select one that does not interfere with your AC and heating system. You can also choose an electronic air purifier, which gives the particles in the air a charge. These particles then collect on either a set of plates within the system itself or on the surfaces of the room.
- UV Germicidal Lights – UV germicidal lights specifically eliminate living contaminants as air passes through the ducts. Mold, bacteria, and viruses are killed instantly in UV light, but the people in your home will not be affected.
- Dehumidifier/Humidifier – The level of moisture in the air influences our comfort. With low humidity (low levels of moisture in the air), your skin may feel dry, your lips can chap, and the furniture in your home may even dry out and peel or crack. And if you are ill, it’s a lot more difficult to recover. High levels of moisture make you feel warm and sticky, and moisture around the house may lead to mold. Consider a humidifier or a dehumidifier to alleviate these issues.
Call the indoor air quality specialists at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air for these installations and more or to learn more about how you can improve your indoor air quality in Riverside, CA.