How Clean Is Your Indoor Air?
In Florida, indoor air quality is a concern in the winter — when it’s cold outside and the furnace is running AND in the summer when it’s hot and humid outside and you’re indoors and the air conditioner is running. Have you ever wondered, “How clean is your indoor air?”
It is a question you should be asking as many Florida homeowners deal with, and suffer through, poor indoor air quality. When you live in an area of the country where the windows may be closed almost year round, you are trapping unhealthy air into your home; that leads to indoor air pollution.
How Clean Is Your Indoor Air?
How can you tell if you have poor indoor air quality and if it needs to be “cleaned”?
Because you cannot see “dirty” air, here are a few issues that someone who is sensitive to indoor air pollutants may deal with:
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Respiratory problems
- Allergy symptoms — these coudl be cased by dust, mold, pollen and/or pet dander
Do you need to clean your indoor air?
If you or anyone in your family has been suffering from a lingering cold or has frequent illnesses, itchy eyes and sneezing you may want to invest in an electronic air cleaning system. Also, adding ultra violet lights in conjuction with this syesm will kill additional germs and viruses, effectively cleaning your air twice.
How can you clean your home’s indoor air?
There are myriad ways in which to clean the pollutants from your indoor air and they begin with electronic air cleaning. This method helps remove the unhealthy pollutants from the air trapped inside your home. These air purifiers “charge” the air and that causes them to stick to surfaces instead of floating throughout the moving air in your home. An electronic air cleaning system can help reduce pollen, mold spores, dust and pet dander in your home.
Electronic air purifiers can be found in a couple of different styles including:
- Electrostatic precipitator. This air cleaner also gives the pollutants in your homes’ air a “charge” as they pass into the heating and cooling ducts. The particles stick to oppositely-charged plates that are placed within the air ducts and they are trapped there.
- Ionizer. This electronic air cleaner works by sending ions into the air. The ions stick to any indoor air pollutants in the air, “charges” them and that causes them to settle around the home making it easier to dust or vacuum them up.
Indoor air pollutant considerations
The type of air cleaner you choose for your home is a personal decision. As long as you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type you can make an informed decision. One item to think about is that an ionizer requires that you dust and vacuum your home frequently in order to pick up the particles that have fallen to the surfaces. An electrostatic precipitator means you need to remember to clean the metal plates in the homes’ air ducts regularly.
We can help
For help in choosing and installing an electronic air cleaning system in the Englewood area, contact the geo thermal experts at Symbiont Service Corp.
We educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For information about electronic air cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.