The pandemic may nearly be behind us, but homeowners now more than ever are interested in how to ensure their homes are as safe and healthy as possible. A lot of this has to do with how they’re addressing their indoor air quality needs.
When you think about indoor air quality, you probably think about the temperature of your home. This is definitely an important part of good indoor air quality, but it is not the whole picture. To truly achieve great IAQ, you want the right products and services in place to make sure that the air you’re breathing indoors is healthy. What can you do to make sure this is the case? Consider the following installations!
A Whole House Dehumidifier
You’ve probably seen room dehumidifiers or small portable air purifiers that also dehumidify a room. But if you really want to tackle the humidity problem that Florida homes are too well-known for, then you’ll want to consider the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier.
Installed directly in your ductwork, this system helps to dry out the air. The ideal relative humidity level in any given home is between 30-50% and anything above that can create problems like mold and mildew growth, wood rot, and more. What we are saying is that too much humidity can not only cause property damage, but also an unhealthy situation for you and your family.
An Air Purifier
Air purifiers are different than basic air filters. The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to protect the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get in the components and cause system damage. Air filters are very important for AC efficiency and functionality, but they really won’t do much to tackle any indoor air quality problems you have like contaminants and pollutants in the air.
That said, there are a couple different types of air purifiers. One or both may benefit you.
The ionization air purifier provides a positive charge to particles and pollutants in the air, drawing them to a negatively charged plate where they can later be cleaned off. This is effective at removing dust and other allergens like pollen and pet hair from the air. It’s also sufficient for eliminating some viruses and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). This is a great option for when particles are already in your air. So what about if they’re in your ductwork just waiting for the chance to enter your indoor air?
For this, you’ll need a UV air purifier. Also called a UV germicidal light, this system attacks and reduces microorganisms that could be lurking in the cool, damp environment of your ductwork. This includes mold, mildew, and viruses. It’s installed into your ductwork, like the above-mentioned products, and from there it uses just the right amount of UV radiation to kill single-celled microorganisms so you never have to deal with their effects!