Is Indoor Air Quality Making You Sick? Breathe Easier with an Air Purifier!
You shouldn’t need to drive two hours north just to breathe the fresh, clean air of Arizona’s high country. If you are worried about unhealthy air in your home, the pros at Heath’s Air can help you breathe easier (and feel better) with an air purifying system that eliminates bacteria, pollen, mold spores, and other airborne particles, providing fresh air for your entire family to enjoy.
If you are worried about poor indoor air quality, this article will provide you with some answers on possible culprits that are making you feel sick and solutions to purify every cubic inch of air inside your home. For additional information on professional air purification, contact Heath’s Air and ask us how to improve your indoor air quality.
Symptoms of Bad Indoor Air Quality
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a condition where people suffer from symptoms of illness or become infected with chronic disease due to exposure to harmful agents inside an enclosed space. Although SBS is not exclusively the result of poor indoor air quality, regular exposure to bacteria, mold, and other airborne contaminants can result in many of the symptoms of SBS, including throat irritation, headaches, breathing difficulties, and persistent allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing and runny nose.
As a general rule, if you are experiencing these or similar symptoms at home and feel better after going outside, the air you are breathing indoors may be the culprit:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry throat
- Sinus congestion
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms regularly while at home, the good news is that you can eliminate sick building syndrome by simply improving the air quality you are exposed to. Some simple steps you can take to freshen up the air inside your home include:
- Change Your AC Filter – The general recommendation is that you should change the air filter in your home every 30 days, although higher-end filters may last as long as 6 months. Some air filters can also be cleaned and replaced. If you are not sure how to change your AC filter, Heath’s Air can help.
- Dehumidify Your Home – Dust mites, mold spores, and certain other airborne contaminants love moisture. Indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% are recommended to keep allergens and mold spores under control. A dehumidifier can help keep indoor air moisture levels at a healthy and comfortable range.
- Avoid Harmful Cleaning Products – Certain cleaning products may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause many of the symptoms associated with SBS and poor indoor air quality. Aerosol sprays may also emit harmful chemicals, including so-called “air fresheners.”
- Let Fresh Air In – Even if you believe the air outside is more polluted, the air inside your home can actually be much worse. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the concentrations of some pollutants can be between two to five times higher indoors than typical outdoor concentrations. If you do not have a way to sanitize and purify the air in your home (see below), opening some windows and doors throughout the day can improve airflow to remove some of the high concentrations of pollutants and allergens.
- Invest in an Air Purifier – Air purifiers, also known as air cleaners and air sanitizers, remove dust, mold spores, dust mites, chemicals, odors, toxins, and other airborne contaminants. While air filters only capture particles, air purifiers sanitize them, which means they are more effective at creating healthy indoor air quality.
Best Air Purifiers for Healthy Indoor Air
The award-winning REME HALO is effective against all three categories of indoor air pollutants: particulates, microbials, and gases. This advanced in-duct air purification system reduces airborne and surface contaminants using a revolutionary, patent-pending technology that sends out hydro-plasma (naturally occurring in the atmosphere) to actively purify pollutants from every cubic inch of air inside your home. This hospital-grade technology sanitizes 99% of air molecules and surface areas inside your home.
Another top air purifier is the iWave. In a test conducted by an “elite” laboratory (rated by the Center for Disease Control), the iWave was shown to significantly reduce the number of harmful pathogens from the air inside a testing chamber that simulated a home environment. According to the results, the iWave air purification system reduced 99.68% of E.coli, 99.5% of airborne mold spores, and 96.24% of Staph and MRSA germs. The iWave installs in any duct air conditioning system.
If you cannot afford to invest in one of these amazing air purification systems, the next best thing is to use a high-grade air filter like True Blue. Manufactured by Protect Plus, True Blue offers a wide range of fiberglass and pleated air filtration options, all at a great value. The “Pro Series” last up to 90 days and feature a synthetic filtration media that does not support the growth of bacteria, mold, or fungi. In addition to filtering allergens and pollutants, high-quality air filters like those from True Blue can also minimize energy costs by keeping your air conditioner and furnace systems clean and efficient.
Professionally Installed Air Purifiers in Arizona from Heath’s Air
Better quality air is just a phone call away. Heath’s Air installs the REME HALO and iWave air purification systems. If you aren’t sure which air purification system is right for your home, call or contact us online for a free consultation. Our technicians are highly trained and can have your air purification system installed in no time, so you can start to enjoy the benefits of clean, fresh air right away.
To learn more about the air purifiers we recommend and install, contact Heath’s Air today!