On high-pollution days or during peak allergy season, people are often advised to stay indoors to reduce respiratory irritation. But did you know that indoor air is frequently worse than outside air?
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that poor indoor air quality is among the top five hazards faced by Americans today. When homes are sealed tight to keep the heat out — as most are in the Phoenix Valley — the natural infiltration that once provided fresh indoor air is reduced to almost nothing. Therefore, it’s critical that you take an active role in managing your air quality.
Three classes of pollutants are found inside most homes:
- Particulates – dust, textile fibers, animal dander and other small particles.
- Microorganisms – bacteria, virus, mold spores — any small, simple organisms with DNA.
- Fumes – smoke, vapors and gasses that cannot be trapped with particle filters.
So how do you ensure that your family is breathing clean air? A ventilation system to bring in fresh outdoor air is critical. Standard HVAC filters, if changed regularly, are good for catching particulates. But for optimal air quality, you’ll want to add an air purification system.
A quality air purification system will:
- Trap particulates with quality filters.
- Kill microorganisms with UV-light technology.
- Significantly reduce odors and fumes.
An air purifier can be easily incorporated into existing ductwork to clean all your home’s air. Whole-house units work considerably better than room units, but for those with sensitive allergies or asthma, a unit in the bedroom will certainly help.
Most air purification systems do use particle filters, which need to be changed or cleaned periodically. Quality systems do not produce ozone, which is a lung irritant. In fact, many models destroy it.
Air purification systems with germicidal UV lights are so effective, they’re used in hospitals, laboratories and food-processing plants around the world. Doesn’t your family deserve the same high-quality air?
Have questions or need more information about air purification? Contact us at Wolff Mechanical and we’ll be happy to discuss your home’s unique air quality options.