Preventing Air Pollution in your Home

A lack of proper air exchange can cause the air in your home to be up to five times more polluted than outside air. This can cause increased problems in those with asthma or allergies, and can result other serious health risks. Common sources of home indoor air pollution include:

  • Dust, pet dander, and pollen
  • Excess moisture from bathing and cooking
  • Smoke from fireplaces, candles, or gas appliances
  • Harmful compounds from cleaners, adhesives, paints, and other products
  • Radon gas that can be released naturally based on location

Whole-House Ventilation Systems

One of the biggest trends in creating healthy indoor air is whole-house ventilation. There are two types of whole-house ventilation systems.

Heat Recovery Ventilators: These systems remove heat from the inside air before it is pushed to outside, and it will thenĀ  warm the incoming air.

Energy Recovery Ventilators: ERV systems manage both heat loss and the humidity in the air. These will transfer the moisture in the humid air stream to the dryer air stream to recover the energy trapped in the moisture.

The bathroom can be the most common spot of moisture in the home. The best line of defense against moisture in the bathroom is a quality vent fan. You can install one in each bathroom. Make sure to use them during and for thirty minutes after bathing to remove excess moisture. Doing so can help prevent mold and mildew.

Also remember to change the air filter every one to three months. Remember to install an air filter for your HVAC system. Replace it every one to three months to keep the system operating efficiently. Replace the air filter on your vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which captures much finer particles than standard vacuum cleaner filters. If you have any questions about the system in your home, make sure to contact us.

 

Why Changing the Filter is Important

There are a number of different types of filters available on the market, each offering different benefits, but the fact remains that all types of filters need to checked, maintained and changed in order to function properly and safely.

First of all, a clogged air filter can cause extensive damage to your system. Checking the air filter can save you money in the long run. Dirt can be one of the leading causes of heating and cooling systems failing. So make sure the system is clean.

Changing the air filter is also important for your air quality. This is better for everyone in your home, particularly children and the elderly, and most especially for those suffering from allergies or asthma. A clean air filter means you are not constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles in the air. Instead, your system will be able to purify the air, leaving it clean and healthy.

Besides protecting the HVAC system from unnecessary damage, cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount on operating costs. In simplest terms, a dirty air filter uses much more energy than a new, clean air filter, which means a much higher electricity bill for you. You can, by keeping your air filter clean and in good condition, save up to 15% on utility costs.

An air filter that is clogged means a harder working HVAC system, thus it also means a lot of carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gasses by extension being released. Always remember to check or change the air filter when needed. If you need to know how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule that is beneficial for you and your home.