Your home is supposed to be a safe place to take a break from the world. Unfortunately, the world still finds a way inside your personal space via airborne contaminants, such as dust, allergens, and mold. If you suffer from a breathing condition that is triggered by these contaminants or just want to ensure the air in your home is healthy, here are two air treatment options for achieving that goal.
Install a Whole-House Air Cleaner
The furnace and air conditioner in your home typically have filters installed that help remove pollutants in the air, but sometimes they don't do enough. For instance, the filters may remove pet dander and pollen but do nothing about smoke cooking odors. So, while the indoor air may be free of pollutants, your home still smells bad.
One way to combat this issue is to install a whole-house air cleaner. These appliances typically have more advanced technology designed specifically to scrub the indoor air of a large number of contaminants, so it's healthier to breath and your home smells fresh. While these machines are often attached to your existing HVAC system—and thus, works in conjunction with it—they can also be controlled individually, so you can clean the air whenever it's needed.
Be aware, though, there are two types of air cleaners: filtration systems and ionizers. They work in different ways and one may be better for you depending on your goals. For instance, ionizers do a better job of eliminating smoke odors. It's best to discuss the pros and cons of each type with a professional to help you decide which one to get.
UV Germicidal Lights
Airborne organisms like mold and germs can also reduce the quality of air in your home as well as increase your risk of falling ill. Many of these microorganisms are introduced into the home each time you open a door or window, but they can also find their way inside whenever you turn on your air conditioner or furnace.
This is where installing a UV germicidal light on your HVAC system can be immensely beneficial. These lights work by using ultraviolet radiation to kill bacteria and other organisms in air drawn from the outside before sending it into your home. This can significantly reduce the number of viruses you and your family are exposed to as well as inhibit mold growth.
There are other products that can help you improve the indoor air quality in your home. Contact an HVAC specialist, such as from HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, for more information about them or to get a system installed.