Today’s homes are being built in a way that makes them “tighter,” meaning there is no way for air to escape. This makes them extremely energy efficient and very beneficial for your HVAC system as it won’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home. However, due to this the indoor air quality of homes in Texas has been getting worse.
Today’s construction practices don’t allow your home to “breath,” which is causing the indoor air to become more contaminated than the outdoor air. The good news is, we have many products and services available to help combat this.
Air Filtration Systems
The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is not enough to protect your indoor air. In fact, it is designed to protect the inside components of your heating and cooling system, not your indoor air. A properly installed air filtration system uses a set of higher efficiency air filters to eliminate the majority of airborne particles inside your HVAC system, like dust, pollen, dander, and more.
There are two different types of air purifiers. The first is an electronic air cleaner, which uses a process of ionization to eliminate harmful particles from your air. The other type is the UV air purifier, which is installed into your ductwork and effectively kills harmful microorganisms such as mold, bacteria, and viruses. This type of purifier uses a UV light to destroy the organic tissue that allows these microorganisms to develop.
The ideal relative humidity level in your home is between 30-50%. Any lower than this, then not only can your family suffer from ill effects but your home can suffer damage. Dry air can cause wood flooring, furniture, and even instruments to dry up and crack. On the other hand, if there’s too much humidity, then it can encourage the growth and development of mold, creating a household problem and aggravating the symptoms of allergy and asthma sufferers.
Energy Recovery Ventilator
This system, which is referred to as an ERV, uses an air exchange process that allows it to bring much-needed fresh air into your home. It improves stuffy conditions in your home, making it a good alternative to a humidifier in the summertime. It does all this without requiring your HVAC system to work any harder than it needs to.
For comprehensive indoor air quality products and services in Katy, TX, contact Fresh Air L.P. today.