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Friday, June 28, 2013

4 Devices that Can Help Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

Although emissions from older cars and smog from industrial plants does pollute outdoor air, there are many things inside your home that can pollute your indoor air as well. Since most homeowners tend to spend more time indoors than outdoors, especially in the heat of summer or the dead of winter, poor indoor air quality in Nashville is a much more immediate problem for your family than environmental pollution. It’s much easier these days than you think for most homeowners to combat poor indoor air quality by adding any of these HVAC accessories to help their household breathe easier:

Home Air Purifiers
A large number of allergens can be present inside your home.
Pollen can enter when you have the windows open on temperate summer days and continue to circulate and recirculate through your ducts when you use your air conditioner. Dust particles, dust mites, and mold spores can also be present inside your home. A whole-house air purifier, which is installed in your duct system, can catch these particles before they are blown out of the vents and into your home.

Whole-House Humidifiers
During winter months, the air inside your home can get very dry, and you may notice that you experience more shocks from static electricity, your lips get chapped, your skin feels dry, and even your hair is more delicate and brittle than during the summertime. While smaller humidifiers can help, their tanks are also breeding grounds for bacteria. A whole-home humidifier is a simpler solution, as it can attach directly to your existing HVAC system in Nashville.

If your home is prone to mold growth, or if you are particularly sensitive to these microscopic fungi and their spores, you may wish to invest in a dehumidifier. You don’t have to run it all the time, but a dehumidifier can greatly increase your comfort in the summertime, when Nashville gets hot and muggy. Be sure to empty the water collection drip pan as needed, otherwise mold can grow inside the dehumidifier and render it useless.

Germicidal Ultraviolet Lamps
Filters can catch dust and pet dander, and dehumidifiers can slow down the spread of mold spores, but to kill all the microbes that may be thriving inside your ducts, air conditioner, or heating equipment, you will need a germicidal ultraviolet lamp. Installed inside the ducts that already run throughout your home, germicidal lamps kill viruses and bacteria, which can help prevent you from contracting colds and flu viruses.

This page on our website has more information on indoor air quality in Nashville, and you can always visit our main site to learn more about general HVAC and plumbing problems

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