Indoor Air Quality Products to Keep Your Home Feeling Healthy This Winter
Monitoring the indoor air quality in your Kinston, North Carolina, home is important. That’s especially true when the weather gets chilly and you can’t open windows without wasting energy. You might be running your furnace often and creating a dry atmosphere inside the home. Using a wood-burning stove or fireplace can make this problem even worse. Read on to learn about five indoor air quality products that will make your home feel healthy.
If you don’t have one already, consider installing a whole-house humidifier. Studies show that raising the humidity in your home can help reduce viruses and airborne germs. Humidifiers also help keep the air moist and prevent dry skin and static in your carpets. If family members suffer from allergies, a whole-house humidifier will make it easier to breathe. Most importantly, you will feel warmer when using your humidifier and might be able to lower your thermostat to save energy. As a result, you can lower your monthly heating bill.
Filtering your air is another great way to improve indoor air quality. We offer air purifiers that not only take pollen, dust and other allergens out of your air. Our purifiers also kill or inactivate 99% of pathogens. Even if you already have a small stand-alone air purifier in your bedroom, installing a system that purifies the air all throughout your entire home is even more efficient. You might not realize how many germs are floating around in the air you breathe every day. But an air purifier will help keep your air clean and fresh so you don’t have to worry about them.
Energy Recovery Ventilator
Another unique way to clean your air is to install an energy recovery ventilator. These units extract polluted air from areas around your home and pump in a fresh supply of clean air. During the winter, when you’re not opening windows to allow fresh air into the home, an ERV will pull in a current of fresh air from outside. Even though this air might be cold, the unit uses a process called cross-current heat exchange to warm the air. An ERV will reduce odors, pet dander and even VOCs in your living spaces. As a result, it’ll improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Families who suffer from allergies or COPD might also benefit from installing an ultraviolet lamp near the coils of their HVAC unit. UV lights will kill biological growth that’s forming on the coils and spreading through the HVAC ducts. UV lights are used in many different applications to sterilize areas where germs might grow. When you install an ultraviolet lamp as part of your HVAC unit, you’ll keep the air mostly germ-free.
Using a high-quality air filter in your heating unit is one of the easiest ways to improve your indoor air quality this winter. An air filter with a MERV efficiency rating of 10 will keep your furnace clean and running efficiently. It’s important to maintain your furnace to ensure it lasts as long as possible. If your furnace is over 15 years old, you might even want to consider replacing it with a newer energy-efficient unit.
An air filter keeps the unit clean and allows it to run properly. Air filters are simple to remove and replace. You should change your filters frequently to make sure the air circulating through your home is clean and dust-free. Aim to replace your filter every three months.
As the busy holiday season approaches, pay attention to your indoor air quality and take precautions to clean your air. If you want to avoid viruses and germs this winter, consider installing units that will clean your air and circulate fresh air throughout the day. Give J & J Mechanical, Inc. a call at 855-800-1341. Our knowledgeable service technicians will offer friendly advice and service.
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