Eating nutritious foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep are some of the basic ways we maintain our well-being. However, there is one integral, yet often overlooked, factor that can make a difference in our physical health: indoor air quality.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, where pollutants can be up to five times higher than outside. If your home has poor ventilation or imbalanced humidity levels, your family may unknowingly inhale trillions of airborne pollutants like dust, dirt, mold, bacteria, viruses, or allergens circulating in the air that can affect your short- and long-term health.
Keep reading to learn about each of these products and how they can help ensure your household breathes clean, healthy air.
1. High-Efficiency Air Cleaners
As the name suggests, this product “cleans” the air by removing particles like dust, dirt, smoke, hair, and pet dander that are floating around your home. To trap these pollutants, air cleaners use electronic polarized-media technology that is installed directly to your existing ventilation system. Because no ductwork modifications are necessary, this product can start purifying the air in your home immediately upon installation.
2. Germicidal UVC Lamps
Some airborne pollutants like bacteria, viruses, mold, dust mites, and other biological contaminants are small enough to go through regular air filters and increase the risk of illness in your household. Germicidal UVC lamps take air purification to the next level by harnessing the energy of the sun’s UVC rays to trap, kill, and sterilize these microscopic organisms so they can no longer reproduce.
3. Oxidizing UVC Systems
If you’re a homeowner who wants maximum protection against harmful airborne pollutants, an oxidizing UVC system is the way to go. In addition to trapping particles and killing biological pathogens, these systems also trap hazardous gases like chemicals, pesticides, cleaning solvents, and volatile organic compounds to prevent serious health implications while removing odors from your home.
4. Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers
Too much or too little moisture in your home also leads to poor indoor air quality that affects your physical health. When humidity is less than 30 percent, it causes static electricity, dry skin, and decreased mucus in our eyes, nose, and throat that can increase risk of illness. Excessive moisture levels over 50 percent creates, an environment for mold and mildew to thrive and potentially lead to severe respiratory problems for your family.
While your home’s heating and cooling system does help balance moisture levels if it’s regularly maintained, humidifiers and dehumidifiers work specifically to ensure humidity stays in the healthy range of 30 – 50 percent.
5. Air Exchangers
Many modern homes were built with airtight construction to improve energy efficiency. However, this can cause the air in your home to become stale. Air exchangers are a great solution to ensure the air in your home is continuously recirculated and your family is always breathing fresh, clean air.
Ready to improve the indoor air quality in your home, but not sure which product will work best? Our team at Bears Home Solutions is ready to discuss your options with you! Contact us today to request a consultation with one of our Comfort Advisors.