There’s a proven connection between indoor air quality and the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. While your air conditioner and furnace might seem to be principally designed for comfort-control, actually, the system as a whole plays a major role in reducing airborne particulates and allergens, as well as controlling humidity inside the house.
Air Quality Awareness Week takes place April 29-May 3 this year. This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored event is held annually to highlight outdoor air quality concerns nation-wide. Here in Northeast Indiana, we contend with two main types of outdoor pollutants – low-level ozone and particulate matter.
Ultraviolet (UV) lights have been utilized in commercial settings to reduce airborne contaminants and sanitize equipment for decades. You can now incorporate the proven technology into your HVAC system to boost your indoor air quality.
If you're like most homeowners concerned with your indoor air quality, you may well wonder if that air purifier that you had installed in your HVAC system is really doing its job.
Whether or not your air purifying equipment is working depends on the type of system you have.
There's a well-established tradition in this country that workplaces should be safe, as free of work hazards as possible, and that they should be well ventilated so that workers can minimize exposure to airborne particulates. However, few of us give much consideration to the need for adequate ventilation and good indoor air quality in our home craft or work rooms.
Here in Indiana, we tend to spend a lot more time inside our homes once the weather turns cold, so winter indoor air quality is a serious issue. If you have concerns about your winter air quality, it's important to learn why it plummets during the colder months, and what you can do to improve it.
If you ask your kids what’s important to them about Halloween, they’ll undoubtedly say it’s the candy. But when you ask the grownups about their priorities, it may be jack-o'lantern preservation. Some people put a considerable amount of energy into their creations, and if you’re wondering how to keep the pumpkin looking good, consider these tips:
Planning to host a football watch party at your home? In addition to providing hot dogs, soda, and a big screen TV, it's also important that you take care of your guests' comfort needs. And since party comfort concerns are such a big deal, let's break it down to two primary needs:
Everyone's getting into grilling these days. And why not? It's an easy way to cook for company, and you eliminate cooking odors and mess from the indoors. But grilling, as with anything using combustible fuels, should be conducted with care. We're not just talking about preventing fires and explosions, but also eliminating negative effects on IAQ, or indoor air quality.
Proper garage ventilation is important not only for the garage environment itself, but also for the home it’s attached to. A garage is typically a source of unhealthy fumes and unpleasant odors. These include poisonous carbon monoxide emitted by vehicles that enter the garage, fuel fumes from lawn mowers and other powered equipment, and vapors including toxic volatile organic compounds released by various paint and solvents often stored there.
Springtime may seem far away in Indiana in January and February, but it won't be long till allergy sufferers will be enduring the aggravating symptoms that come with flowers and trees bursting into bloom and producing tree pollen. That's one reason why February isn't too soon to start thinking about air purification in your home. Another reason is that February is actually named after a Roman festival of purification called Februa, where people were ritually washed, perhaps in preparation for the new year.
Closing up the house and turning on the furnace sure makes things cozy in winter -- although sometimes it's a little too cozy for comfort. The fact is, an airtight home can be downright stuffy.
Flinging open a window to get some fresh air may seem counter-intuitive. With the furnace on, aren't we wasting money, letting warm air out and cold air in? Yes, if you leave the window open for long, or open it too wide, that might be the case. But once the furnace cycles off, it really won't hurt to crack a window now and then to let in some fresh air, and let some of the stale air out.
Research shows that the air in most homes is much more polluted than the air found outdoors. You may wonder how that could be in your own home. After all, you are likely scrupulous about keeping it cleaned. But cleaning surfaces alone will not ensure you have good indoor air quality, especially in an airtight house where air pollutants can build up.
The best air filters for your HVAC system can reduce the misery you experience from the trees, shrubs and grasses that produce pollen in the fall. Surprisingly, it’s not the showy chrysanthemums that are the worst offenders. Instead, it’s all the tiny flowers you can’t see that cause most of the allergic reactions. Here's a quick guide to finding the best air filters for your home:
Installing UV lights (ultraviolet) in your home’s forced-air heating and cooling system will increase your home’s air quality easily and affordably. Ultraviolet light comes from sunshine and has a sanitizing effect on the organic matter it contacts. Installed in your home’s HVAC system, you’ll achieve the same benefits.
If anyone in your home suffers from respiratory ailments, or you are simply concerned about indoor-air quality, you may be wondering what the differences are between air cleaners and air purifiers. The straight answer is that an air cleaner and an air purifier are, and do, the same thing — remove airborne contaminants to make your home's indoor-air quality more healthful.