Take Charge of Your Home's Air Quality
Indoor air quality can impact your family’s health, particularly if there’s someone in your family with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. Dust, pollen, pet dander and mold can trigger symptoms, as well as volatile organic compounds. VOCs are chemicals that are part of regular household items such as cleaning products, furniture and flooring.
Today’s houses are more energy efficient than ever, but they are also more airtight. This means the air inside your home can be more polluted than outside—often two to five times more, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are methods you can use to take charge of your home’s air quality:
- Reduce pollution sources
- Ventilate with fresh air
- Try better air filters
7 Signs You Should Try a Better Air Filtration System
There are a couple of signs that your home could benefit from a filtration system.
- Someone in your house has asthma or allergies.
- Headaches, congestion or sneezing are a problem when you’re home.
- Your home smells stuffy.
- You have pets that shed.
- Odors linger in your house.
- Someone in your house smokes.
- Your house is always dusty, despite regular cleaning.
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Which Air Filtration System Is Right for My Home?
A whole-home air purification system can take care of pollution in your home’s air. In fact, it can also provide relief to the asthma and allergy sufferers in your household.
Studies have found limiting exposure to indoor allergens and tobacco smoke could stop 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children. And by controlling biological contaminants like dust mites, childhood asthma cases have also decreased by 55-60 percent.
The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was designed to shield scientists from radiation as they worked on the atomic bomb during World War II. Today these filters are often used in hospitals and science labs, but you can even find one in a few homes.
HEPA filters are proven to take out 99.97 to 99.99% of particles sized 0.3 microns and bigger. This includes pollen, dirt and dust. A HEPA air cleaner with activated carbon filters can eliminate the particles from chemicals, odors and smoke.
These filters boast a MERV rating of 1721, depending on the brand. This rating shows how successfully a filter can pull out pollutants from the air.
Because of their high-efficiency filtration performance, HEPA filters are thick and can limit airflow. It’s important to check with Atmostemp Service Experts to confirm your heating and cooling system can work with one.
Media air cleaners are much thicker than your standard air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier mounts tightly against your HVAC unit.
Because its filtration surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to catch about 95 percent of particulates.
These filters last longer too, commonly between three to six months.
There are a couple of electronic filtration systems you can install in your home.
An electrostatic filter relies on magnetically charged components to catch particles. These washable filters are 97 percent effective at extracting microscopic particles from your home’s air. In addition, they’re also 30 times more effective than ordinary filters.
An electronic air cleaner uses a high-voltage magnetic charge to trap particles.
Some models can remove the majority of indoor air pollutants—particles, germs, bacteria, chemical odors and vapors—by up to 99.9 percent. It can even decrease ozone, a known lung irritant, produced elsewhere in your home.
Air inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside—often two to five times more, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.