Are you excited for spring to get here? Most people are. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do to force spring to arrive earlier. What we can do is make preparations so we have an enjoyable—and healthy—spring as possible. Which means it’s time for us to talk about indoor Air Quality in Salt Lake City, UT and ways you can make it better in your home.
“What’s wrong with my home’s air?”
Probably much more than you’re aware of. This isn’t your fault: modern homes are constructed so to be almost airtight. Because of this, there’s not much air circulating from outside, and many indoor contaminants have no way to escape. There are many places and objects in your house creating pollutants. Household spray cleaners. Using ant killer in the kitchen. Most cosmetic products. Vehicle exhaust coming from a connected garage. Many types of plastics. Cooking oils. Plus, there are contaminants that can come from the outside, like pollen.
“What can I do about this?”
If it sounds like the only way to improve your home’s air is to throw open the doors and windows, which will let the heat come in (as well as dust and pollen and dirt), we can reassure you there are many ways to improve air quality without making counterproductive moves. Here are a few, all which our experts can help you with:
- Air Filters: These filters are different than the air filter already in place on your HVAC system. That filter protects the interior of the HVAC cabinet; it doesn’t clean the air. The special IAQ filters are fit into the ventilation system to trap unwanted particles from circulating. A professional will find the right strength of filter to clean the air without placing pressure on the airflow.
- Air Purifiers: These may also be called electronic air purifiers or air cleaners. They’re electrically powered devices that don’t use a mesh of fibers to trap pollutants, but instead create charged fields that pull pollutants down from the air. Air purifiers are effective at targeting smaller contaminants that may slip through filters. Air purifiers are rarely used on their own, instead paired with a filter. A good air purifier/filter combo is terrific at reducing spring allergy problems and can remove more than 99% of airborne contaminants.
- UV Air Purifiers: A specific type of purifier that we want to draw attention to. One of the big spring air quality problems come from organic pollutants such as mold spores and microbes. The best way to eliminate organic pollutants is using UV radiation, which kills cells or makes them inert. A UV air purifier shines UV lights along the HVAC system to kill harmful organic cells without using any chemicals.
“What’s best for my home?”
We can’t tell you that on a blog post because we don’t know your home. Or we don’t know it yet. You can schedule an appointment with us, and we’ll see that you have the right IAQ solutions for a wonderful spring. (Yes, it’ll get here!)
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