The air inside your home is not as pure as you may believe. In fact, it’s likely infested with all sorts of contaminants. Animal dander, insect parts, viruses, bacteria, dust, and pollen are just a few of the common air pollutants that homeowners breathe every single day. These contaminants can provoke allergic reactions, cause illnesses, and generally lower the quality of life for everyone in the house. So, what can you do about it? Read on to find out.
The most common solution to indoor air quality problems is to install air purifiers throughout the house. These come in a variety of types. HEPA filters are like normal air filters, but finely woven enough to capture even microscopic viruses. UV air purifiers bathe an area in ultraviolet light, killing or sterilizing certain germ strains that cannot withstand the exposure. Electronic ionizers generate an electrostatic field, attracting airborne particulates and trapping them within the device to be disposed of later. There are a multitude of options, with each addressing a different set of air pollutants.
All of these contaminants travel through your forced air system’s ductwork to spread throughout the house. Some of them, however, tend to actually originate in the ducts. Water leaking and pooling into the ducts leads to the growth of mold, which then releases spores that are blown around the house. Insects tend to live and die in the ducts, leaving all sorts of waste that is light enough to become airborne and cause allergic reactions. Regular duct cleaning can mitigate this problem by removing any unsanitary material that could be compromising the ductwork. Duct cleaning can even save you money. Forced air heating systems lose about 20-30% of their heat on average to duct leaks, which ends up costing you a lot of money. Duct cleaning can find and seal these leaks, in addition to improving your air quality.
The winter season often brings with it extremely dry weather that can affect the quality of air in your home. A humidifier is a good choice for keeping the dry air in your home at comfortable levels, while keeping you and your family comfortable as well.
If you’d like to know more about improving your indoor air quality, call Advantage Airtech. We provide indoor air quality services throughout the Scarborough area.