Does your family struggle seasonally or year-round with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory difficulties? It may be time to think about ways to improve your indoor air quality.
Deep Clean to Get Rid of Potential Allergens
To help alleviate allergy symptoms, it’s best to eliminate dust mites and pet dander from your home by cleaning first. Dust mites are infamously persistent. To get rid of them, you need to:
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your space, it might be time to consider long-term solutions to reducing particulates and other contaminants in your indoor air, improving freshness and airflow throughout your home.
Here are some components you could consider to complement your current heating and cooling systems:
Air purifiers: You can choose from many different types and models of air purifiers. Many are standalone devices, but others, such as Carrier’s award-winning Infinity Air Purifier GAPA, are manufactured to work with your HVAC system, increasing efficiency and convenience. Airborne irritants like dust, pollen, pet dander, and other fine particles are very common in homes, but air purifiers can help filter out these fine particles.
Enhanced air filtration systems: High-efficiency particulate air filtration systems (known as HEPA systems) improve the quality of indoor air. HEPA systems are often used in medical facilities and industrial “clean rooms” to provide protection in critical environments. Purifying units are especially useful in homes where cigarette smokers or pets are present. Stand-alone HEPA filtration systems can provide much-needed relief for sensitive individuals and increase comfort levels for your whole family.
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers: For maximum home comfort, the humidity in your home should stay between 30% and 50%. Indoor heating can drain the moisture from the air and leave it overly dry. Dry air can irritate sensitive nasal passages and worsen dry skin. Here at W.E. Brown, we carry a full line of humidifiers that work with your current heating system to restore moisture to indoor air.
Ventilators and ERVs: Ventilation systems are designed to augment the performance of your current air handler. Our ventilation systems can ensure a steady supply of fresh, wholesome outdoor air to prevent your home’s interior atmosphere from becoming stale. Combined with a top-quality filtration system, these ventilation solutions can provide added comfort for you and your entire family.
If you’re ready to take the next step to improve your home’s indoor air quality, call us at (434) 298-2151 or schedule a service appointment on our website. Our indoor air quality specialists can work with you to choose the right system for your needs!
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