Sensitivities to Poor Air Quality
Certain groups of people are more susceptible to poor indoor air quality. Children have developing lungs, and they breathe in more air than adults, which increases their exposure. Older adults may have compromised breathing, and pollution makes it even more difficult to breathe. People with asthma, heart disease, or lung disease are also negatively affected by air quality.
Choosing the Right Purification System
The pros at Wilson Plumbing & Heating can help you select the right air purifier for your home. We will help you choose the best model based on your budget, health concerns, and room sizes.
To maximize the benefits of your air purifier system, you should:
- Eliminate tobacco smoke from your home
- Use a wood-burning fireplace only occasionally and not as a main source of heat
- Vacuum frequently
- Change filters on a regular basis
When it’s time to select an air purifier, you have several options to consider. The most popular models purify air by ions, ultraviolet light, and filters. We can discuss the differences with you and suggest the best choice based on the clean air delivery rate (CADR), room size, and energy efficiency. Energy Star models will be up to 40% more efficient than other models and cost less per year to operate.
Our technicians can modify your existing HVAC system to accommodate larger, thicker filters to capture more particles. A thicker filter inside your HVAC system will clean all the air in your home when the system is in operation. You’ll need to change the filter just as often as you would with a traditional filter.
What Is In the Air We Breathe?
It’s difficult to understand the dangers that lurk in the air you breathe every day. Most of the particles are so fine they are invisible, making it hard to detect problems. However, what you can’t see may be causing allergies, sensitivities, and more.
Some of the most common allergens found in homes include:
- Pet dander
- Tobacco smoke
- Mold spores
- Dust mite waste
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Fine particles from wood-burning fireplaces
- Carcinogens like formaldehyde and radon
If you are exposed to a higher-than-normal amount of these tiny particles in the air, you could be prone to more than an allergic reaction. Studies are showing that poor indoor air quality increases your risk of lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and low bone density.