Does the air in your Buford, Georgia, home seem stale or have an odor? It may be due to a lack of ventilation and the concentration of indoor pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, maintaining good indoor air quality involves increasing ventilation, removing sources of pollution, and using indoor air quality products that help keep your air clean.
Sources of Pollutants
People are often surprised by the pollutants present in their homes. Common indoor pollutants include dust, cooking odors, and airborne pathogens such as mold, viruses, and bacteria. Other pollutants come from volatile organic compounds emitted from household cleaning supplies, craft products, and paint. Harmful pollutants include pesticides, asbestos, and carbon monoxide.
Pollutants can cause both short- and long-term health problems and aggravate symptoms for people with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems. Short-term health effects include headaches, respiratory irritation, or dizziness. Long-term effects often develop after repeated exposure to pollutants and may include heart and respiratory illnesses and cancer.
Importance of Adequate Ventilation
Increasing ventilation lowers concentrations of pollutants by bringing in fresh air and expelling stale air. Opening windows and using exhaust fans are two simple ways to increase air exchange. However, opening windows is not always comfortable in the hot, humid Georgia weather. Whole-home air purifiers work with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system to remove indoor pollutants when the system is running.
How Whole-Home Air Purifiers Work
There are several types of whole-home air purifiers, including:
- High-quality filters filters that attach to your HVAC system capture particulates as small as .3 micron, including pollen, dust, smoke, and bacteria.
- Whole-home heat and energy recovery systems recycle the air in your home by exhausting stale indoor air and replacing it with fresh outdoor air. The system minimizes energy loss by transferring heat between the incoming and outgoing air.
- Ultraviolet in-duct air purifiers inactivate biological pollutants, including viruses, bacteria, and organic growth. When installed near the coils in ducts, they retard mold growth. When installed near the filter, they inactivate pathogens, keeping them from entering the duct system.
To find out more about how whole-home air purifiers improve indoor air quality, contact Arcadia HVAC Heating and Cooling of Buford, Georgia. Our NATE-certified service technicians bring technological expertise and superior customer service to each job.