Indoor air quality is crucial because we spend a lot of times in our homes. In that indoor environment, the air we breathe in that space plays a big role in our health. Having a well-organized, clean, and safe home, or work space, reduces stress. The air that you are breathing in has just as much impact on your health and well-being. Regardless, it is often overlooked because it is not something you see. Indoor air can often contain more pollutants than outdoor air because the indoor is trapped in a smaller space.
How To Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home or Office
There are many ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home or workplace. Following are some of the different types of filters available, and a little bit about how they work.
HVAC Air Filters
The easiest thing to do to improve the quality of the air you breath is to change the filter in your HVAC system regularly. HVAC filters are designed to trap dust, mold, mildew, pet dander, and other irritants as the air in a space is cycled through the HVAC system. However, when that filter is clogged, it can no longer do its job. In this situation, the HVAC system works harder to push air through the clogged filter. Depending on the quality of the filter, a good timeline for changing your HVAC filter, typically, varies from 3 to 6 months. If you live in a home with pets, smokers, an area with heavy pollen, or someone with extreme allergies, change your filters more often. Filters are extremely easy to change. You can even sign up for a service to have them automatically delivered to your home. No need to keep track on the calendar – when the new filter arrives, it’s time to change out the existing one.
Air purifiers are designed to filter and clean the air in a single room by filtering out allergens and pollutants by up to 50%. So, while a traditional HVAC filter works for the whole home, it does not pick up a lot of the irritants floating around in the air. Air purifiers are able to filter out smaller particles and improve air quality. If you have a family member with breathing issues, or allergies, consider placing an air purifier in their bedroom, or in areas of the home where they spend a lot of time. There are 6 different types of air purifiers, and each operate in different ways. Each type has its own strengths, and each is designed for a specific airspace with a certain efficiency. At 360 Air Tech, we help you determine which type is the best fit for your home or office.
Traditional HVAC filters need to be replaced to be functional and only remove particles that are large enough to get stuck in the filter. Air purifiers only really work in a specific space. If you are looking for something more heavy-duty than a simple filter, consider installing an air scrubber. Air scrubbers work with your existing HVAC system and are designed to clean all of the air circulating through HVAC system. Through the use of UV light and photocatalyst targets, air scrubbers create an Advanced Oxidation Process. This oxidation process significantly reduces surface microbial populations.
Air Scrubbers also reduce odor by removing the bacteria that cause smells within the space – whether from cooking, the dog, or your teenager. Workplaces also benefit from odor reduction. Many spaces have their own unique smell, based on what is being produced, harsh cleaning supplies, or even from the copier. An air scrubber will reduce or remove these odors.
Is Air Quality in My Home and Workplace Really That Important?
What are we breathing in on a daily basis? Is indoor air quality really that important? How does it affect our health and quality of life? When you consider how much time we spend in our homes and workplaces, it makes sense that indoor air quality should be something that every homeowner and business owner should be conscious to manage. Making a small change to your home or workplace can lead to big benefits later down the road. Whether you opt to change your HVAC filter more regularly, or you want to purchase an air purifier or Air Scrubber, we can help! At 360 Air Tech, we help you make the best choice for your home or workplace. We help you decide the best solution, based on your needs and budget. Give us a call today to discuss options, or schedule an appointment online!