Indoor Air Quality Evaluation
Remove Debris and Pollutants from Your HomeAccording to studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home may be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. For some people, this may mean no more than a runny nose or watery eyes. But, for others, particularly children, seniors and those who suffer from respiratory ailments, the effects may be devastating and long lasting. Airflow offers air quality systems for a variety of different needs. To determine which system is best for your home, you need to consider the cause, or pollutant source, as well as your sensitivity. Many everyday household items contribute to poor indoor air quality. Compounds found in carpeting, furniture, upholstery and drapery fabric consistently emit gas or fumes. Other sources of pollutants can include, but are not limited to, cleaning agents, paints and personal care products. Also, newer homes that are tightly sealed for energy efficiency tend to limit air circulation, which can contribute to a buildup of contaminants. Likewise, things like weather stripping and storm doors keep stale air in and fresh air out. The first step toward better indoor air is to identify the types of pollutants present in the home. The best way to do this is to schedule an in-home air-quality test with your Airflow representative.
- Today’s modern homes are well-insulated and sealed to conserve energy, which means airborne pollutants have no way to escape. An efficient ventilation system can help remove particles and bioaerosols by exchanging stale, recirculated indoor air with fresh, filtered outside air.
- Reducing the amount of pollutants in the air is the most effective way to improve indoor air quality. Filtration products capture contaminants that can’t be removed through vacuuming and regular cleaning. Among the filtration solutions available are UV light units, air filters, Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs), Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) and electronic air cleaners.
- Reduce concentrations of particles and bioaerosols. Routine cleaning and housekeeping helps reduce indoor air pollutants, but these simple fixes are not cure-alls. Some contaminants are so small that they may escape through the vacuum or never land on a surface. HEPA filtration systems, electronic air cleaners, and high-efficiency air filters capture even the smallest of particles and bioaerosols.
- Reduce or eliminate chemical vapors and odors. Chemical vapors and odors can come from many different sources inside and outside the home. Once inside the home, these potentially toxic pollutants circulate through the ductwork, entering every room and living space. An air purification system removes and destroys 50% of household chemical vapors and odors within 24 hours.
- Control temperature and humidity. Improper humidity levels and high temperatures can actually increase concentrations of particles and bioaerosols. Thermostats regulate moisture levels and temperatures to improve indoor air quality and enhance comfort.