Air quality systems
A typical house could have a range of indoor air pollutants such as; dust, pet dander, mold, smoke (wood burning), cigarettes, and chemical vapors. A1 encourages homeowners to be proactive, and consider investing in an indoor air quality system. We can help you decide whether you’re better off with an electronic or a mechanical air cleaner or whether your best option is a germicidal light that works by sterilizing illuminated surfaces. We can tell you whether you need a power humidifier, a bypass humidifier or a heat recovery ventilator.
In homes with severe levels of contamination, or if someone in your family suffers from severe allergies or asthma, you might want to install a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration system. A “true” HEPA system is 99.97% efficient in removing airborne allergens and irritants such as dust and bacteria ranging in size down to 0.3 micron. Another extremely efficient filtration system is the Healthy Climate 16 Media Air Cleaner. This is compatible with any HVAC system, and provides hospital grade filtration of airborne allergens and other particles.
These systems are excellent for air quality, but will not completely rid your house of dust. This is something that is almost impossible, as going in and out of the house air from outside brings in microscopic debris particles; humans create dust with their skin as well as animals-it’s an ongoing thing!
Too much or too little moisture in the air affects your comfort, your family’s health and the condition of your home’s interior and furnishings. Ideal humidity is usually between 30% and 60%.
Low humidity in the winter can cause dry skin and nasal passages, promote the growth of bacteria and viruses, cause static electricity, damage your woodwork and more.
Moist air is not only healthier; it’s also less expensive to heat than dry air.
High humidity in the summer allows faster growth of bacteria, viruses, dust mites, mould and mildew – all major allergy triggers. High humidity also causes paint to peel, and woodwork to warp, buckle and rot.
A1 can provide expert advice on how you can achieve the best possible combination of temperature and humidity in your home year round.
How air quality affects you
- Air fresheners and deodorizers can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
- Poor indoor air quality can cause headaches, nausea, lethargy and potentially chronic illness.
- Inadequate ventilation keeps dust, smoke, pollen and other pollutants re-circulating.
- In addition to negative health effects, indoor pollutants can reduce the life expectancy of your heating and cooling system.
- Your first line of defense is to eliminate as many sources of pollution as possible. Avoid smoking or burning candles in your home.
- Allergic reactions can be reduced by indoor air quality products that remove pollutants.
- By maintaining proper humidity levels in your home, you can prevent many pollutants from developing at all.