Keeping cool and comfortable is certainly important during the summer months. However, it’s far from the only thing you need to worry about when it comes to your indoor climate. Indoor air quality has a substantial impact on both health and comfort levels. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most ignored factors by homeowners. If you want to stay and comfortable as healthy as possible during the summer season, make sure that you improve your indoor air quality by following these tips.
Ducts are often neglected by homeowners, for a number of reasons. They’re fairly unobtrusive, and tend not to give off any warning signs when they develop issues. Airborne contaminants like dust, pollen, dander, mold spores, and germs tend to build up in the ducts over time, and then are circulated throughout the home when a climate control system is activated. This kind of buildup can also insulate ducts, making it more difficult for your air conditioner to push air through them. Make sure that you have your ducts cleaned out at least once every few years or so, to make sure that your indoor air quality remains high.
Prolonged exposure to airborne contaminants can cause a wide range of health issues, including allergy attacks and the flu. Installing an air filter is a good step towards removing those contaminants. An air filter is a fiber mesh inserted into the ductwork of a home. Air that flows through the filter carries contaminants with it, which become snared in the fibers. An air filter may be simple, but it’s a very effective way to remove a lot of airborne contaminants from your home. Just make sure that you have the filter changed every few months.
An air purifier is a type of powered system designed to remove airborne contaminants in a number of ways. An ionization purifier, for example, releases a cloud of ions during operation. Contaminants that come into contact with the ion cloud become heavier and heavier until they drop out of circulation. The contaminants can then be removed from the home during the next duct cleaning appointment.
UV air purifiers, on the other hand, don’t physically remove contaminants. Instead, they put out a high level of ultraviolet light. Many kinds of mold spores and germs cannot withstand contact with high levels of UV light, and are either sterilized or killed by it. So, a UV air purifier protects you from infection by removing a lot of the infectious contaminants in the air supply.
There are many different kinds of air purifiers on the market, each one suited to a different set of individual circumstances. If you need an air purifier, consult with a professional to determine the best one for your needs.
Touchstone Heating & Air provides comprehensive indoor air quality services throughout Gainesville, FL. If you need help improving your indoor air quality this summer, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.