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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality (and Why It Matters)

young-couple-sitting-in-home-smilingYou might be wondering, “does my indoor air quality really need to be improved?” If you’re asking yourself that, you probably aren’t aware that without the right systems and services in place, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than the quality of air outdoors.

Today’s homes are built with energy efficiency as a high priority. This means they’re built tightly so they don’t let any conditioned air out, or outside air in. This is fantastic news for your energy bills, but not so great for your Bergen County, NJ indoor air quality. But what can you do?

Well, for starters, you can look into the installation of a whole-house air purifier, of which there are a couple options.

What’s an Air Purifier?

An air purifier is an indoor air quality system that eliminates contaminants from the air, put simply. There are different types of air purifiers for different purposes, which we’ll get into more below. Indoor air contaminants might include basic allergens such as dirt and dust, or even more harmful pollutants such as bacteria or mold, which can make you ill.

Each type of air purifier on the market has its own unique purpose and benefits. We’ve highlighted two types of air purifiers below… but before we continue, we want to stress how important it is that homeowners understand the limitation of their standard air filter. You might assume that air filter in your HVAC system is enough to protect your indoor air quality, but it’s actually in place to protect your HVAC system. It’s important, just not probably for the reasons you thought. That’s why we want to stress how important an air purifier is!

Electronic Air Purifiers

An electronic air purifier is one type of air purifier on the market today. This system removes microscopic impurities from your indoor air. This may include dust, smoke, smog, pet dander, and even mold spores.

While these contaminants might not seem that harmful—after all, you can’t really see them—they could have a pretty negative impact on your health and the health of your family. This is especially true for anyone who suffers from allergies and asthma.

It’s worth mentioning—for the best results from your electronic air purifier, you’ll want to remember to clean the plates on a routine basis. The effectiveness of this device will wear down as the dirt accumulates, and a quick wipe-down is all you need to resolve it.

UV Air Purifier

Also referred to as germicidal lights or UV lights, this is another type of air purifier that can make your air healthier. It doesn’t pull particles out of the air like the electronic system, but rather it prevents certain types of pollutants from ever entering the air to begin with.

A UV air purifier is installed directly into your ductwork and eliminates biological contaminants like mold and mildew. As you can probably imagine, the inside of your ductwork is cool and damp, so it is a great breeding ground for mold, which can make even the healthiest person sick.

UV lights are not harmful to people or to pets—but they are deadly to single-celled microorganisms. An added benefit is that by getting rid of mold growth from your ductwork, you help your HVAC system perform better—more efficiently. As a result, you save energy and money!

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today!

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