Indoor air quality matters… period. Most people spend about 90% of time in their homes or work place. Recently, with the shutdowns and pandemic, many people are spending more time in their living spaces. Whether you are working or playing, the time spent in home has increased dramatically in 2020. Notably, studies show that home improvements have been on the rise to update indoor spaces. However, the most overlooked improvements are indoor air quality products to purify and cleanse the air circulating throughout the home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that indoor air quality can have short term and long term negative effects on your health.
Definitely, your home's air appears clean and clear. However, don't be deceived. Impurities, allergens, viruses, dust and other contaminants are seemingly invisible to the naked eye. Making your indoor air quality a priority will most certainly assist in common ailments such as allergies, itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, and frequent sick spells.
Why You Need Indoor Air Quality Improvements
There are a number of contaminating agents that filter through your HVAC system and air:
-Radon, a radioactive gas that is common in metro Atlanta homes
-Biological Contaminants- bacteria, viruses, pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, and even cockroach particles
-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)-often found in paint, adhesives, carpets, cleaning supplies, construction supplies. These components release "off gas" in to the air we breathe.
-Formaldehyde- can be found in furniture, wood, cabinets, space heaters, sub flooring and other building materials. It can cause burning sensations in your throat and watery eyes.
-Excess Moisture- can create mold and spores
With homeowners focusing on energy efficiency, "tightening up" home spaces have been on the rise. For example, adding insulation, weather stripping and sealing cracks that allow air flow. These exit/entry points may be bad on the wallet from an energy standpoint, but they do allow for some movement of air in and out of the home. In addition, homes are being built tighter, which is NOT a negative. However, making sure the air is properly filtered creates the ideal home atmosphere.
What are the Best Options to Better your Indoor Air Quality?
Source Control: The EPA recommends "source control" as an option, which essentially means you eliminate all potential pollutants. This is a little unrealistic since contaminants are even in the building materials of all homes. A more realistic and accessible approach to purifying your air focuses on the air you directly breathe.
Adding Ventilation: This just means you circulate outdoor air into your home. Whether you open the windows or find other mechanical avenues to do this, keeping a tight home also has its benefits from an energy efficiency standpoint. When temperatures are at the extremes during peak winter and summer season, opening the windows may not be the best option for your comfort.
Proper HVAC System Maintenance: Cleaning your HVAC system is a crucial part to improving your air quality. Removing the dust, changing the air filter, and checking for proper gas combustion are all parts of routine maintenance among other key points of the inspection. This is a must do each heating and cooling season.
Indoor Air Quality Products: Adding electronic filtration, purifying, humidifying and dehumidifying components to your home allows you to directly control the quality of your air. There is no need to stress about spring allergies from opening your windows to let the air in. You can keep your furniture, carpets, and appliances. Undoubtedly, adding some quality indoor air quality product will benefit your health and air for years to come with minimal maintenance.
The expert at Guardian can quickly and easily install the most beneficial products for your home situation. Keeping your budget and needs in mind, our team is able to provide you with a variety of options.
- UV Light filtration
- High MERV rated air filtration
- I-Wave Air Purifiers ** our most popular air quality product hands down**
- Fans and Exhaust systems to increase air filtration
Most importantly, the smallest of particles can be captured, zapped or just plain eliminated with the various products we offer. Furthermore, we find that using one or multiple complementing products will dramatically increase the quality of the air you breathe. With minimal costs, your air quality will be ideal for years to come. Following the EPA guidelines for better air quality will assure your short and long term pollutant effects are eliminated. Without a doubt, a quick and easy installation by our team of experts will leave you breathing easy! We care about our customers and that translates to your comfort, air, and best enjoyment in your home. Before the spring allergies and sniffles hit, contact our experts today to schedule your Indoor Air Quality consultation by scheduling here.
Lastly, don't forget to check out our specials page which often times has great indoor air quality offers to make your comfort easier on the budget!