Indoor Air Quality
Is Indoor Air Quality It Really That Important?Most of our parents didn't have a UV lamp or Ventilator installed when we were growing up. Why the hype about indoor air quality? A few reasons actually...
Beneath all the marketing noise, there are solid reasons for considering indoor air quality products for your home. The newer your home, the more tightly it is sealed. Why? To conserve energy. Energy Star® even publishes information about proper sealing of residential homes to help save our natural resources. With modern homes built to be energy efficient, they can also be a breeding ground for mold spores, pollutants, viruses and more.
When you spray powerful disinfectant in the bathroom, do you think those chemicals just go away? When a child is sick with the flu, does the virus stay confined to their bedroom? The answer is no. Chemicals, pollutants, pet dander, viruses - all of these can be circulated round and round through the entire home when you do not have any indoor air quality (IAQ) components installed.
Important: one IAQ product alone cannot do everything. They are not mutually exclusive.
That's right. A UV lamp doesn't clean your air - it isn't designed to. It is designed to toast mold that can grow in the damp interior of an evaporator coil. If that mold isn't killed, the efficiency of your HVAC system drops, and mold spores can get into your home air. That is all a UV lamp does. If you want it to filter your air, you will be disappointed. See the desccriptsion below for further information.
When you have a tightly sealed home, your HVAC system is recycling air throughout the house via ductwork which includes pollutants, mold, viruses and much more. Advanced air filters can capture and kill the flu virus, filter pet dander, pollutants, mold...you name it. They also help your HVAC system run efficiently.
Did you know your heating system can make the air in your home more dry than the Sahara desert? Dry air is tough heatlh, comfort and also on wood furniture, paint and instruments such as a piano or guitar. Learn about Bypass, Powered and Steam humidifiers.
UV lamps, or UV air purifiers, are often misunderstood. These devices are not made to filter the air in your home but rather kill mold that grows inside your evaporator coil which protects you from mold spores and also helps your air conditioning system run efficiently.
Ventilators are truly amazing pieces of equipment. They are able to bring in fresh, outdoor air and exchange it with stale air from inside, and they do this with very minimal energy loss. In other words, a ventilator can take cold winter air from outside, transfer the heat energy to it from inside and pump that fresh air into your ductwork.