Spring Clean the Air in Your Home

If you want a truly clean, healthy home this spring, you need to do spring cleaning on more than just the surfaces in your home. The air your breathe day in and day out may be dirtier than any forgotten corner in your home. Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that most homes have five times the pollutants in the air than outdoor air? It is time to spring clean the air in your home with a new air filtration system.

Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Most homes have a plethora of contaminants that can be hiding in the air, from dust and mold to pet dander and chemicals. For many people with allergies or respiratory problems, these elements can cause serious health problems. The best way to reduce these contaminants and produce clean, healthy air in your home is to install a whole home air filtration system.

Although most HVAC systems have some filtering included to clean the air, these filters are not the same as an air filtration and purification system. With a professional system, even the tiniest particles can be removed from the air, including bacteria, viruses and mold. Not only is the air healthier to breathe, it will also be fresher and odor-free, improving the overall air quality in your home.

This spring, do a real spring cleaning on your home with the installation of a new air filtration and purification system. Many systems can be used in conjunction with your HVAC system or as separate units. Talk to your local HVAC service provider about the best options available for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Marietta, GA
(770) 475-9564


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is extremely important to the health of the occupants of any commercial or residential building, especially those with respiratory issues, such as asthma and allergies.  Pollen, mold, dust, fumes from building materials and animal dander are all some of the items, which can negatively impact indoor air quality.  There are a number of means to improve indoor air quality including filters, humidifiers and properly introducing outside air into the ventilation system. 

Filters work by trapping the unhealthy materials in a filter media as the air passes thru the filter.  Available filters include a variety of HEPA filters, as well as electronic air cleaners.  In order to function properly, the filters must be replaced or cleaned on a regular basis.  Properly used humidifiers will improve air quality by introducing moisture into the air, which makes the air less dry and easier to breathe.  The downside to humidifiers is that the possibility of introducing mold into the air if the wrong type of humidifier is used or the humidifier is not kept clean.  The introduction of outside air into the building is an excellent means to improve indoor air quality, as the HVAC is conditioning fresh air and is basically continuously changing out the air in the commercial or residential structure. 

While each system is effective, the best way to determine how to improve indoor air quality is to have the indoor air quality tested.  Once the items negatively impacting the quality of the air are identified, the best solution or combination of solutions can be implemented to improve the quality of the air.  In some cases filters may be the answer, while in other cases, filters, humidifiers and outside air may be the best solution.

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Humidifiers and Electronic Air Cleaners

Humidifiers and electronic air cleaners are two HVAC accessories that can easily be retrofitted to almost any existing HVAC system.  Both are economical and will vastly improve the comfort of the occupants, as well as the indoor air quality of the home, which impacts the health of the occupants, especially those with allergies, asthma and other respiratory health issues. 

Many HVAC systems dry out both the occupants of the home, as well as the home itself because the air is dry.  This is especially true with gas fired furnaces, where the air is very dry.  It impacts people by drying out the mucus membranes in the nose and nasal passages, which leads to nose bleeds and dry skin during the winter.  The wood materials in the home are also impacted as the moisture is drawn out of the materials leading to moldings cracking and gaps opening up on hardwood floors.  The installation of a humidifier reintroduces moisture into the air, which results in the occupants of the home being more comfortable and the building materials staying stable. 

Electronic air cleaners are an excellent way to further eliminate germs, dust and other pollutants that exist in the air in a home.   As with humidifiers, there are number of different types on the market, with some being better than others on the size of the particles captured.  All electronic air cleaners will need some periodic maintenance such as cleaning or replacement of the filter media. 

A qualified HVAC technician can easily install both of these products within a day.  The humidifier will require a small line to be run from a water pipe to the unit, as well as a power supply.  The air cleaner will require some minor modification to the ductwork as well as a power supply.  Both will dramatically improve the indoor air quality in the home!

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When it comes to air filtration and purification, there are lots of options available to homeowners. There are portable single-room air purifiers, special air filters to replace your standard furnace filter and then the option of have a whole-house air cleaner installed in your HVAC system. 

Single Room Purifiers

If you do not have a forced air furnace system in your home, single-room air purifiers are your only real option. These can be moved from room to room or you can purchase multiple units to filter and clean the air throughout your home. You will find some of these air purifiers use a HEPA filter and some do not. The HEPA filter types are definitely the preferable models. The filters for most of these portable purifiers need to be replaced annually, though some can be cleaned. The cost of the replacement filters can be significant and should be taken into consideration if making a comparison between a portable model and a whole house system. 

Whole-house Air Filters

These are special filters to use in place of your standard furnace filters. They are considerably more expensive than a standard furnace filter. The filters must be replaced every few months, just as you would your standard furnace filter. Although they may provide some improvement to the air quality in your home, according to Consumer Reports, they are not near as affective as a built-in air cleaning unit or the portable room purifiers. 

Built-in Whole-house Air Cleaners

Although the most expensive option, this is also the most affective means of removing dust, smoke, pollen and other allergens from the air in your home. They must be installed in your home’s ductwork by a heating professional and also wired into your homes electrical system.