What You Need To Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency naming indoor air pollution as one of the nation’s top environmental health risks, we feel it’s time Wabash Valley homeowners learned a little more about the importance of maintaining indoor air quality. For instance, did you know that the air you breathe indoors is likely to contain substantially more pollutants than the air outdoors? How is this possible?

Pollutants infiltrate your home in a number of ways, be it through a window, on your clothes or as the result of cigarette smoke or even cleaning supplies. Thanks to improvements in household energy efficiency, these pollutants tend to linger because they’re trapped inside along with your conditioned air. Luckily, there are ways to address the problem:

  • Source control
  • Proper ventilation
  • Air cleaning

Unfortunately, the source of indoor air-quality issues can’t always be removed and proper ventilation isn’t always a cost-effective solution. In such instances, air cleaners can offer an alternative means of improving indoor air quality. Of course, the type of air cleaner you choose will very much depend on the type of pollutants with which you are dealing. Here are some common options:

  • Mechanical filtration – Particulates are trapped in series of mesh fibers.
  • Electronic filtration – Particulates are given an electronic charge and forced over surface of opposite polarity, which effectively removes them from circulation.
  • Gas-phase filtration – Usually target one or more gaseous pollutants through chemical or physical reaction.
  • UVGI cleaners – Capable of addressing microorganisms provided the exposure to ultraviolet light is appropriate in terms of duration and UV light strength.
  • PCO cleaners – Using a UVA-activated catalyst, these cleaners render gaseous pollutants and odors harmless.

As each of these methods address specific pollutants, a well-rounded whole-house approach to addressing indoor air quality usually involves combining two or more of these methods. For example, particulates, gases and odors can be addressed by combining mechanical filtration with a UVA-activated catalyst. No matter what your unique household needs require, our trained technicians can help you find the best solution for your indoor air quality issues. For expert consultation, contact Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning today!

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

 Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, IN. To get started, check out our website.

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