Indoor Air Quality

What is IAQ?

Did you know that the air in your home contains millions of tiny particles, coming in from outside, as well as from numerous inside sources such as household cleaners, cooking, and tobacco smoke? Due to the tightly sealed insulation of your home, these particles become trapped and are recirculated through the ventilation system when your heating and cooling system is in use. When exposed to these particles for long periods of time, it can have detrimental effects on your health, and is especially dangerous for those who suffer from allergies and respiratory issues such as asthma. Fortunately, there are a number of indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions available to ensure that you and your family are breathing only clean, safe air. Detailed below are a few options for improving the quality of air in your space.

Air Purifiers/Air Cleaners

Air cleaners, also known as air purifiers, are one such option for improving IAQ. Unlike the portable systems you have seen for sale at your local retailer, whole home air cleaners attach to your home’s heating and cooling system to purify the air as it is dispersed to the air vents throughout your home. These systems contain an air filter which captures and kills particles as they pass through. It is important to understand that not all filters are equal, and are rated on the efficiency with which they filter the air. The efficiency of a filter is rated on a scale of 1-16 (with 1 being the least efficient and 16 being the most efficient), known as the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). Carrier offers a full line of air cleaners with MERV ranging from 10-15.

Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers

The term humidity refers to the level moisture present in the air, often expressed as a percentage. The humidity level is also essential in the quality of air you experience in your home. Extremely dry environments can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as dry skin, eyes, and throat, and can even add static to your hair and clothes. On the other hand, overly humid environments can allow certain airborne particles to thrive particularly well, and may also foster a perfect environment for the growth of mold. While your heating and cooling system works to provide an appropriate level of humidity in the air, humidifiers can work in conjunction with the system to ensure optimal comfort and just the right level of moisture.

UV Lamps

Due to the dark, humid conditions, the inside of your air conditioning system (particularly on the indoor coil) is an ideal environment for mold to grow. Unfortunately, your AC can distribute mold spores through the ventilation system, leaving you and your family to inhale them. If there is evidence of mold, we can install ultraviolet (UV) lamps within your system to quickly and efficiently kill it.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas which can be emitted from a number of sources including furnaces, boilers, kerosene heaters, fireplaces/chimneys, tobacco smoke, as well as automobile exhaust from attached garages. Unfortunately, CO often goes undetected and can be deadly. Carbon Monoxide Alarms can sense the levels of this gas in indoor air, and alert you with a loud alarm if levels become dangerously high.

Ventilators

Ventilators remove stale air from your home, while also providing fresh and clean outdoor air. Carrier offers two types of ventilators: an energy recovery ventilator which provides fresh air during the cooling season, and a heat recovery ventilator which provides fresh, warm air during the heating season. These systems are especially helpful for removing tobacco smoke from homes where smokers are present. These systems also work to remove airborne particles, as well as to control the humidity level, adding to the overall quality of indoor air.

Your family deserves to breathe clean, healthy air, especially in the comforts of home. To clear the air in your space, call Simanton Mechanical today to inquire about our specific products and installation services. We would love to serve you!