Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to think about the new year. New Year’s resolutions often have to do with health. Eating better, exercising more, and losing weight are some common ones. Some people may even resolve to use their phones less often and increase the amount of sleep they get.
When it comes to improving health, many people fail to consider the role their home plays. Your home’s indoor air quality could very well be a culprit when it comes to hindering your health goals. That’s because your home’s indoor air quality (also called IAQ) is usually worse than the air outside. Keep reading to learn about the importance of IAQ and health.
Why Do Homes Have Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Your home was designed for temperature control. It’s meant to be airtight so that you’re not losing precious conditioned air to poor insulation and leaky vents, things that result in paying more for heating and air conditioning.
Unless you’re frequently airing out your home by opening doors and windows, the air in your home becomes stagnant, stale, and filled with contaminants. When you’ve been running your heat pump, furnace, or air conditioner, you’re less likely to open doors and windows because you want to keep that cold or hot air inside.
Boosting your home’s air quality provides many health benefits such as better sleep quality, increased energy, better concentration, decreased allergies, and decreased illnesses.
That’s why you need whole-house systems to keep your home’s air clean and your humidity levels balanced. Here are some systems which we install alongside your existing HVAC system that’ll drastically increase and improve the quality of your home’s air.
Air Filtration Systems and Air Purifiers
Do you have family members with allergies, sleep apnea, asthma, or who suffer frequently from the common cold? Your household will benefit from an air filtration installation or air purification system. It’ll make your home’s air feel less stuffy and will eliminate odors you can’t pinpoint the source of.
Air filters are designed to target contaminants above a certain size and eliminate them. UV air purifiers eliminate biological contaminants at the source, removing them from all the rooms of your home. If you want to target particular contaminants such as pet dander, pet hair, mold, dirt, viruses, bacteria, or volatile organic compounds, we can help you determine which system is right for your particular home.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Here in Maryland, we suffer from dry air in the winter and humidity in the summer. Dry air is particularly bad on health as it causes your sinuses and mucous membranes to become dry and irritated, which makes you more susceptible to colds and flu. Whole house humidifiers and dehumidifiers will help your home maintain a balanced humidity level that’ll boost your comfort and your health.
Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators
HRV and ERV systems are powerful whole-home air circulation units. They bring fresh air into your home without wasting heat or air conditioning. An ERV system targets humidity control as well.
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