Most Americans probably give little thought to the quality of the air inside their homes. But considering people typically spend about 90% of their time inside, indoor air quality (IAQ) should be at the top of the priority list.
Poor indoor air quality affects overall health in both the short- and long-term. Some of the most common short-term effects are fatigue, dizziness, itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, mild coughing, and other allergy-like symptoms. Over the long-haul, poor IAQ may cause irritations in the lungs and throat and can aggravate diseases like COPD and asthma. Exposure to some causes of bad air quality such as asbestos or radon may go unnoticed for a time, but after many years, have been linked to some cancers.
Fortunately, Merts Heating & Air Conditioning has several indoor air quality products available to help improve the air you breathe indoors. Whether you or your loved ones have experienced symptoms or not, it’s a great idea to contact Merts today to learn what contaminants may be in your indoor air. Once our trained technician has determined the specific needs of your indoor environment, he or she can provide options to purify your indoor air.
The Most Widely Recognized Indoor Air Quality Products
The most suggested indoor air quality improvement products are air purifiers, which can remove airborne contaminants like dust and allergens from a small space to 3,000 square feet of living space. An air purifier is typically a two-part purification system, incorporating a fan and a filter. A HEPA or carbon filter is the most common. When choosing an air purifier, the proper size is the key consideration.
Indoor houseplants are also an easy way to clean pollutants from the air inside. Consult with your local nursery to discern which plants may grow best in your home, which largely depends on the placement of windows compared to the time of day light filters through.
Clean Air Filters Play an Important Role
Air filtration is another important way to rid your indoor air of harmful contaminants. Make sure your HVAC system’s filter is the best you can get and change it often. A dirty air filter does no good and may even cause more harm as pollutants are recirculated back into the living areas.
Proper humidity levels are key to controlling some contaminants in the home. While most know that too much humidity can cause mold and mildew, which affect breathing, too dry air is also harmful and can lead to sinus infections and static electricity. Merts can help ensure the humidity levels inside your home are exactly where they should be for optimal indoor air quality.
Don’t delay. Have your home’s indoor air quality checked today. Call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your in-home consultation with our professionally trained staff. We’ll have you breathing purer and healthier air in no time.