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Indoor Air Quality FAQs

Do I Have Indoor Air Quality Issues?

It is not easy to pinpoint air quality issues. There are, however, several tell-tale signs that you can look for. One of the first steps recommended is to acquire a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, but odorless gas, and a detector will monitor levels of this gas in your home.

Mold is another sign to look for. Mold can exist anywhere damp, often in dark places you don't often see. Observe any allergies, or breathing problems you or your family members may be having, as this can also indicate air quality issues. Your doctor may be able to give you more insight into whether or not these symptoms are related to the quality of the air in your home.

Test the vents in your home, to be sure that they're working, and have your ducts tested for leaks or damage. If you do determine that you are experiencing any of these issues, or find problems with your ducts, an air quality system may be right for you.

Selecting an Indoor Air Quality System

Choosing an indoor air quality system is as important as choosing a new vehicle; you want one that meets your needs, while remaining efficient and viable for years, as well as one that can keep your energy usage and repair costs low. There are many different systems available, and it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you.

The first thing to consider is what aspect of air quality control matters most to you. What pollutants are you most concerned with? Different types of systems remove different types of contaminants; some target larger particles, some smaller, some a mixture of both. Next, consider your home, its size, dimensions, layout, and whatever comfort systems – heating, cooling, purification – it may already have. All of these factors will influence what system is best for you, as you want to be sure to get one that will adequately service the amount of air that circulates through your home.

 If all of this seems daunting, remember that an experienced air quality professional can help you sort through your options. They can offer qualified opinions, as well as answer any questions you may have, ensuring that your decision is educated and informed.

HEPA: What Is It?

HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air, and is an air filter that meets certain EPA standards. Any qualifying filter must be able to remove at least 99.97% of all particulates of 0.3 micrometers or larger that pass through them. This high standard means that most of the filters available today are HEPA.

Considered to be some of the most effective filters on the market, HEPA filters use fiberglass fibers to pull larger particles from the air that passes through them by several methods.

  • Interception particles that come within one radius of a fiber adhere to said fiber. 
  • Impaction particles that collide with fibers in the air-stream and embed in the fibers. 
  • Diffusion particles that collide with gas and other molecules, which impedes their flow through the filter and leaves them more likely to be trapped by one of the previous methods. 

Are UV Germicidal Lights Necessary?

No matter what type of air purification system you have, UV germicidal lights can benefit your air quality system. Filters can remove large particulates, and ionizers can remove smaller particulates, odors, and gases, but you still have viruses, bacteria, and other airborne organisms trapped in your home.

The best way to eliminate these organisms is to install UV germicidal lights. Consider them another step towards ensuring that your indoor air is as clean and contaminant-free as it can be.
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