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Five Indoor Air Quality Devices That Can Improve Your Indoor Air
There is no reason to put up with unhealthy indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Montgomery, Auburn, or Opelika, AL home. Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air has a number of solutions for you to consider.
The danger is real
Even if you are not having any symptoms, the problem is real. The science routinely shows poor IAQ is a health problem. On average we spend 90% of our time indoors. Among those who spend the most time inside are the very young, elderly, and those with existing health problems. They are most susceptible to the health risks posed by indoor pollution. There are several HVAC accessories to improve the indoor air quality in your home.
The typical furnace filter is a type of air cleaner, but there are much more sophisticated cleaners and filters available. HEPA filters, carbon filters, and electrostatic filters in your HVAC system trap much smaller particles floating in the air. They can also trap pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and other pathogens.
These are one form of air purifier. While filters simply trap contaminants, these improve indoor air quality by actually killing organisms like mold, mildew, and many viruses. The ultraviolet lamps are installed in the ductwork near the air handler. The light kills organisms in the air before it enters your home. Dixie is proud to feature the REME HALO® in-duct air purification system.
This is what the ‘V’ stands for in HVAC, and it’s often ignored as part of the indoor air quality equation. Modern homes are built very tightly to be energy efficient, often at the expense of good ventilation. Poor ventilation almost always equals poor IAQ. If your home smells or feels stuffy talk with our professionals about the best way to add ventilation to your home.
Proper humidity is a vital part of indoor air quality. We don’t have to tell you how humid our climate is in the south. The moisture can create the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Dixie has whole house dehumidifiers by Aprilaire. Even though we’re in Alabama, the air in your Auburn, Opelika, or Montgomery, AL home can get pretty dry during the winter. If you are having problems with sore throats and dry nasal passages, it could be the dry air. We also have options to add humidity to the air in your house.
Poor indoor air quality is unhealthy, but carbon monoxide (CO) is the most dangerous single component. This odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas is a by-product of combustion. Every time we do a furnace inspection and tune-up, we will look for anything that could cause CO poisoning. The technician will also test the air for the presence of CO gas. If you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, we urge you to get them.
Protect your family
Worried about the effects of poor indoor air quality in your home? Call Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air now to discuss the options. Remember: “call Dixie, and it’s done!” Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.