Here’s a sobering fact: The air we breathe at home in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora or Plainfield can be five times more polluted than the air we breathe outside.
The Environmental Protection Agency identifies indoor air quality as a major health risk. When we consider it, we can begin to understand why. Dust, debris, fumes, and chemicals gather in the air through different sources, such as doors, windows, and ductwork, as well as the clothes and shoes we wear. Some pollutants can even originate from household items such as furniture and computer printers.
Other common sources of indoor pollution are:
- household cleaners
- pet hair & dander
- carbon monoxide
- wall paint
- fireplace fumes & residue
Compounding the issue, impure air is tightly sealed in by today’s well-insulated homes, where we spend large amounts of time breathing it.
People can begin to notice poor air quality by symptoms such as aggravated asthma or allergies. Air quality has also been associated with more-serious health issues such as heart disease, respiratory conditions, and lung cancer.
With their heightened focus on energy efficiency, many modern homes in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora and Plainfield don’t typically have the amount of natural ventilation needed to keep air contaminants at non-hazardous levels. Without proper circulation and filtering, pollutants can achieve problematic concentrations.
Indoor air quality will remain top of mind as we head into the colder seasons, when many of us will close our homes, bundle up and breathe indoor air more than at any other time of year.
What Can I Do to Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
While we may face challenges to our indoor air, we also now have the technology to resolve them. Air filtration products and systems provide the means to achieve the clean air we need.
An indoor air–quality plan with strategic air filtration might include one or several of the following.
Air cleaner to help remove contaminants as air flows through the heating ducts. A highly efficient filter traps particles before they can circulate through your spaces. Air- cleaner filters differ from furnace filters in that they remove contaminants affecting comfort and health, while furnace filters protect the HVAC system from contaminants.
Air purifier to clean and refresh contaminated air. Installed in your ductwork, air purifiers treat airborne particles with UV (ultraviolet) germicidal lamps. The UV light emits rays that neutralize particulate matter such as mold, bacteria and viruses. It can reduce pathogens by as much as 90% within 30 minutes of operating. Air purifiers with UV lighting can also help eliminate odors and harmful gases in the air.
Ventilation system to replace stale, polluted air in your home with fresher air from outside. Because of many homes’ lack of natural ventilation, they require mechanical ventilation to move polluted air out.
Humidifier to prevent a reduction in relative humidity, which is the amount of water vapor the air can hold. Low relative humidity creates dry air that can irritate conditions such as sinus infections and asthma as well as contribute to catching a cold or the flu. It can also damage furniture and wood flooring. A whole-home humidifier can provide evenly distributed proper relative humidity throughout your home all day long.
De-Humidifier to prevent high relative humidity. Too much humidity can cause symptoms such as congestion, irritated skin, wheezing and itchy eyes. It can also make you feel warmer than you really are. A de-humidifier removes excess moisture and sends the proper amount of dry air back into circulation. As with a humidifier, you can establish a whole-house system rather than treat spaces separately.
Who Can Assist Me with Air Filtration for Indoor Air Quality?
Here at Air Dynamics, we’re pretty passionate about air filtration and indoor air quality, especially for our customers in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora and Plainfield.
If better air quality is important to you, we can assess your home’s air circulation and ventilation. From there, we can inform you about both current and potential causes of impurities in the air you breathe.
Based on that evaluation, we can discuss a customized high-efficiency air filtration system that:
removes 99% of mold and pollen
eliminates 98% of dust and pet dander
destroys 98% of bacteria and fungi
neutralizes 98% of tobacco smoke and smog
kills 80% of viruses and ultra-fine particles
Because of its impact on indoor air quality, air filtration can even help you sleep better. On top of that, it helps prolong the life of your HVAC equipment by removing material that can create wear and tear over time.
Contact Us Today
Air Dynamics is always ready to help you enhance your indoor air quality with air filtration that supports both personal health and more-efficient, less-expensive heating and cooling. Find out how we can enhance your air quality at home in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora and Plainfield. Simply give us a call at (630) 731-1550.