Indoor Air Quality Testing
There is no doubt that you want to keep your family safe and comfortable while indoors. Are you doing all you can to be sure the air your family breathes is as clean as it can be? In this part of New Jersey particularly, several complicating factors can jeopardize the indoor air quality of your home. Some of these common issues include:
- Excess moisture
- Dry air from heating systems
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
Although you may not be able to see them, ultrafine particles such as dirt, dust, tobacco smoke, and fireplace soot can remain airborne for a long time—unlike larger particles that tend to settle on surfaces. Though microscopic, these ultrafine particles have the power to cause allergic reactions and other more serious effects on your health.
Improving Air Quality as Part of Your HVAC Maintenance?
There are many products that can help you achieve the goal of cleaner air in your home. Is it time to look for ways to improve the indoor air quality of your home? Consider these questions:
- Does anyone living in your home suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems?
- If so, are their symptoms worse at night or in the morning?
- Does anyone in your household have immune system problems?
- Are there infants or elderly family members living in your home?
- Are there any smokers in your house?
- Do you have any pets?
- Do you notice a stale or musty odor when the furnace or air conditioner runs?
- Do you notice dust on furniture shortly after cleaning?
- Is your home brand new or more than 10 years old?
- Does dirt or dust accumulate on your supply/return air grilles?
If you answered yes at least two of the questions above, you should take some time to speak with one of our equipment specialists at Harriett’s Energy Solutions to find a personalized course of action that will get your air as clean as possible for your family. Either of the two basic types of air purifiers—room air purifiers and whole house purifiers—might be the best choice for your home.
Room Air Purifiers
If your home doesn’t have forced-air heating or cooling, then a room air purifier is the best choice for you. This small unit can easily be moved from room to room when necessary. They come in a variety of models including those using HEPA filters, those with electronic precipitators, and those using ionizer technology.
Whole House Purifiers
A whole house air purifier system is built into the ductwork of a forced-air heating or cooling system and filters the air in the entire house. There are several different types of whole house systems, including:
- Pleated media cleaner – Ideal if your home has forced-air heating, this built-in unit must be professionally installed in the ductwork of your heating system. Pleated media cleaners are up to 85% more efficient when it comes to capturing ultrafine particles and even larger contaminants (e.g., mold spores and pet dander). Filters only need be replaced every 6-12 months, which means less maintenance.
- Electrostatic air cleaner – This type is wired into your home’s electrical system, and it does an excellent job of removing dust and smoke particles from the air. Due to the fact that the filters are washable, you can just rinse them off with a hose about once a month instead of needing to pay for a new one every few months.
- HEPA system – Otherwise known as high-efficiency particulate systems, these air filters trap small contaminant particles. HEPA filters offer some of the best filtration possible, capturing 99.7% or more of floating particles.
- UV system – Ultraviolet air purifiers kill microbial particles without any actual filtration. Instead, rays of ultraviolet light incinerate the particles as they pass through.. While these purifiers are extremely effective at eliminating harmful bacteria, they are also one of the pricier options and require UV bulb replacement every 1-2 years.
Additional Indoor Air Quality Products
Some other indoor air quality products that may help purify the air in your home include:
- Attic fans
- Clock thermostats
Indoor Air Quality Testing in Medford, NJ
For more information on how to keep your home’s air as clean as it can be for your family, call Harriett’s Energy Solutions today at (609) 451-0914 or contact us online!
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