Air Quality

 

 

 

    Introduction to Improving Indoor Air Quality

 

    According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), there are some current scientific and technical 

    strategies to improve indoor air quality:

 

1. Source Control

One of the most effective ways to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of pollution or to reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed. Other sources such as gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions.

   2. Ventilation Improvements

   Another approach to lowering air pollutants in your home is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors. Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate. Bathroom or kitchen fans that send exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and also increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.

NOTE: It is worthwhile to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors when involved in short-term activities that can generate high levels of pollutants — for example, painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, or sanding. 

3. Air Cleaners

There are many types of air cleaners available, ranging from inexpensive portable models to more expensive whole-house systems.

  • The effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on how well it collects pollutants from indoor air (check for a percentage efficiency rate) and how much air it draws through the cleaning or filtering element (measured in cubic feet per minute).
  • A very efficient collector with a low air-circulation rate will not be effective, nor will a cleaner with a high air-circulation rate but a less efficient collector.
  • The long-term performance of any air cleaner depends on maintaining it according to the manufacturer's directions.

We recommend the:

Honeywell UV100A UV Air Treatment System

Located in the ductwork upstream of your heating and cooling system, the Ultraviolet Air Treatment System continuously emits high-intensity ultraviolet (UV) energy. The energy kills a high percentage of airborne bacteria passing by the UV light.

Features:

1.  Attacks surface mold growth

2.  Destroys airborne bacteria that can recirculate in your air

3.  Sustains a more energy efficient living space

 

 

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