The majority of people tend to spend approximately 90% of their time indoors.
- Unfortunately, the majority of indoor environments have a problem with poor air quality.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, most homes are five times as likely to be polluted than outdoor air. The extreme weather makes opening the windows and getting ventilation just about impossible. Sealing up the house to combat energy losses is a priority. While adding insulation, caulk and weatherstripping helps to minimize yearly utility bills, a tightly sealed apartment seals in contaminants. Dust, pollen, dander, smoke particles, bad odors and a long list of allergens are trapped inside the house and repeatedly circulated. When family members breathe in harmful bacteria, viruses and other allergens they are at risk of health concerns. Asthma, respiratory infections and flu-like symptoms can all be linked to terrible indoor air quality. The Heating and Air Conditioning industry has responded to the concern with a wide range of indoor air quality options. They sell whole-home models that incorporate into the existing Heating and Air Conditioning system, ensuring quiet, efficient and low-maintenance performance. Air purifiers filter the indoor air eight times every hour, eliminating up to 99% of airborne contaminants. There are ventilation systems that introduce a steady supply of fresh air, all year round, without energy waste. Germicidal UV lamps destroy bacterial growth inside the inner workings of the heating and cooling systems. They sterilize the air before it circulates throughout the home. There’s also several styles of dehumidifiers and humidifiers to help regulate moisture levels. It’s helpful to consult with an HVAC professional, have the indoor environment diagnosed and handle your exact problems.