You woke up this morning to watery itchy eyes, scratchy throat and that slightly congested feeling. So you take an allergy pill, grab a kleenex and hope today is a better day. Sound familiar? Think there’s nothing you can do about it? What if there was a simple solution to help improve your quality of life. It’s all about improving your indoor air quality and removing the particulates from the air. These particulates are so small that 100 microns fit on a single grain of salt. Twenty five would make the diameter of a single human hair. The average auto emission is about one micron.
Your house is full of particulates of allergen material you can’t see.
The easiest and least expensive upfront cost would be furnace filters. You must replace them before they look dirty. When they are full of particulates, then the rest is going into your furnace, and could burn out your heat exchanger, not to mention what is escaping and circulating you should look for a good quality furnace filter. Choose one that is pleated. These have more surface area to trap the maximum amount of particulates.
Filters are rated with a merv rating. Merv 11 is generally your best choice. It’s not recommended going higher unless you have serious health issues. High efficiency particle arrestance, also known as HEPA filters are 99.97% efficient at removing particulates down to 0.3 microns. HEPA filters remove particulates much smaller than auto emissions. You want to choose your filters wisely. An air purification system would be your next step.
Wise Heating & Cooling Inc. can easily attach a premium air purification system to your existing. The air purification system uses a powerful uvc germicidal light. As the air passes through the system it destroys airborne microbes such as bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi. It also removes smoke, odor, and gases from cleaning products. This leaves your air clean, fresh and pure. Humidifiers help to keep the indoor air at the proper humidity factor. Ideally, the humidity should be between 30% to 50% inside your home. At
this level air feels warmer, allowing you to lower your thermostat and save money on heating costs. The air is easier to breath and cuts down on the dry sinuses, nose and throat. A humidifier will help maintain a properly hydrated, healthy home.
For the time of year that humidity builds up causing condensation on walls, floors and appliances you need a dehumidifier. Excessive humidity can cause mold and mildew and attracts dust mites. Many people suffer from allergies related to dust, mold and mildew. Dehumidifiers help eliminate these problems and lessen your allergy problems. Excessive humidity also causes condensation on walls and windows, which form blistering paint and peeling wallpaper. It can also rust metal pipes and cause wood to warp. If condensation builds up on electrical appliances it can cause damage to the equipment.
Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in your home. The center for disease control reports over 400 people die annually in our country due to carbon monoxide poisoning. You have a smoke detector, why not a carbon monoxide detector. It is important to remember to change the batteries once a year in both.
Ask yourself the following questions:
•does a family member suffer with allergies, asthma or other respiratory?
•does a family member suffer from frequent sinus infections, fatigue, nose bleeds or eye irritations?
•are you concerned about pet dander, dust, pollen, bacteria or viruses?
•do areas of your home ever smell musty or stale?
•do cooking odors ever linger for long periods of time?
If you answered yes to any of the above, it’s time to talk to your heating & cooling specialist about indoor air quality and how we can help you.
Call Wise Heating & Cooling Inc. today for more information.