Cooler weather has arrived in Sylacauga, AL, which means you’ll be spending more time indoors. The Environmental Protection Agency explains that most Americans spend at least 90% of their time indoors, with most of that time spent at home. Here’s what you need to know about helpful indoor air quality solutions so that you can breathe easier and stay healthy throughout the upcoming winter months.
Air cleaners use different types of filters to remove large particles from your home’s air. They trap ionized particles, such as dust. They also inactivate odorous gases from cooking, cleaning and other activities.
Air purifiers sanitize your air. Consider an air cleaner with UV-C technology, which inactivate or kill bacteria and viruses. They work with little noise, and they cost little to operate.
Air filters trap particles that irritate your airways and lungs. The filters are rated with the minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) system. A higher MERV rating means the filter captures more particles of smaller sizes.
If your HVAC system allows for a MERV rating of 13 or higher, choose the higher rating. It captures tiny particles of dust, pet dander, pollen and other airborne contaminants. Be sure to replace the filter every three months or sooner in order to maintain good indoor air quality.
Heat recovery ventilators capture the heat energy from exhaust gases produced by your home’s furnace. The system uses that energy to warm fresh outdoor air, filter it and return it to your home. This lowers your heating bills and provides you with fresh air to breathe.
An energy recovery ventilator retains the humidity from your home’s air during the wintertime. It transfers the warmth and humidity from outgoing air to fresh incoming air. This maintains your home’s warmth and humidity in the winter while also replacing some of the old air with clean air.
During the wintertime, your home’s humidity may be too low. When the humidity drops below 30%, your nose, eyes and throat may become irritated. The dryness allows viruses and bacteria to thrive, and your irritated airways are more susceptible to infection.
Using a whole-home humidifier during the winter months of the year could improve your comfort and your home’s indoor air quality. If you’re suffering from a winter cold, the humidifier could make it easier for you to loosen nasal and sinus congestion. Dry indoor air can also damage your home’s wood floors, trim, furniture and upholstery, and using a humidifier prevents these issues.
Pests and biological growth thrive in humid conditions. An ideal indoor humidity level is 30% to 50%. Dehumidifiers improve your home’s indoor air quality during the warmer months of the year.
Air Duct Cleaning and Repair
All the air you breathe passes through your home’s air ducts. Dust, pet dander and pests may have infiltrated the ducts through tiny gaps or damaged areas. Consider scheduling duct cleaning services every one to three years in order to remove these contaminants.
If your Sylacauga home’s ducts have gaps or cracks, repairs are essential. Leaky ducts waste up to 30% of the heated air produced by your home’s heat pump or furnace. Duct sealing and repairs keep out contaminants and help lower your wintertime heating bills.
These tips will help you maintain ideal indoor air quality. To learn more about indoor air quality solutions for your home, contact us at Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration today.
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