The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health citing research that indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is essential to keeping families healthy — especially those with family members suffering from asthma and allergies.
Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a host of health issues such as headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, fatigue, and chronic respiratory disease. For individuals who suffer from asthma or allergies, air particles such as pollen, dust and dust mites are known triggers for asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
More than 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma and 50 million suffer from allergies. Dust alone is comprised of dead insects, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, dander, skin flakes and other particulates that can be harmful to health. Controlling indoor air quality can provide relief for asthma and allergy sufferers and protect your family from getting sick. There are several simple ways we can help you improve the air quality of your home:
- Prevent irritants from walking through your door Take measures to make sure dust, dirt and other pollutants are prevented from entering the house. Simple activities like removing shoes at the door, closing windows during high pollen days and not allowing smoking indoors help keep irritants from entering the household.
- Install a whole-home air purification system. A whole-home air purification system is installed as part of the central heating and cooling system to capture and kill airborne contaminants. Whole-home air purification systems remove up to 98 percent of airborne contaminants down to one micron in size and are 40 times more efficient than a standard furnace filter. Each time the air system runs, the whole-home air purification system removes dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, viruses, fungi, mold and other dangerous substances from the air throughout the entire home, rather than just the air in the immediate vicinity like a portable air cleaner.
Zap contaminants with ultraviolet light Installing an ultraviolet light on your furnace’s indoor coil helps kill bacteria and mold that grows there and is circulated throughout your home..
Control humidity levels in your home. A professionally installed, whole-house humidifier helps deliver appropriately conditioned air to every room in your home, making it more effecxtive than portable units that humidify only one room at a time. A humidifier can also promote energy savings by making the air around you feel warmer at lower temperatures
On the opposite side of the humidity equation, a whole-house dehumidifier means increased comfort for you. In any season, excess humidify in your home creates clamminess, sticky surfaces, condensation, stuffiness, allergies, mold and odors. A whole-house dehumidifier works equally well in new or existing homes.
Call Interstate Heating today to have your air quality tested. We have dozens of indoor air quality solutions to offer!