It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and love is in the air. Unfortunately, during the winter months, our homes are often closed off to the fresh outdoor air – which can mean dust, pet dander, and other particles are also in the air. The good news is that there are effective indoor air quality (IAQ) products that can help.
Maybe you’d like to get better IAQ for your family this winter but aren’t sure what types of products are available. In this article, we’ll talk about different IAQ products, how they keep the air clean in your home, and how T.F. O’Brien can help. Keep reading to learn more!
IAQ Products & What They Do to Provide Better Indoor Air
Depending on the specific IAQ needs of your home, there are several products available that can help provide fresher, cleaner air for you and your family. These include:
- High-Efficiency Air Filters: The standard filter on your HVAC system is designed to keep particulates out of your system and help it operate more effectively and efficiently. However, most homes need a higher level of filtration to keep particulates out of the air you and your family breathe. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a high-efficiency air filter can “theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns.” That can be helpful for people who suffer from allergies and other respiratory illnesses.
- Air Purifiers: Photocatalytic oxidizing air purifiers chemically treat the air to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are the byproducts of common household materials like paint, carpet, vinyl flooring, air fresheners, cleaning products, and more, as well as other pollutants. For people in your family sensitive to the artificial fragrances often used in household products, an air purifier can improve indoor air quality by removing these compounds.
- Ultraviolet (UV) Lights: UV germicidal lights can kill up to 99% of airborne contaminants like mold, bacteria, and viruses. This can help prevent illness and help keep the air in your home fresher, cleaner, and healthier to breathe.
- Humidity Regulation: Some homes are too damp, while others are too dry. Overly damp homes can host mold and bacteria growth, making the air in your home smelly and potentially unhealthy. An environment that’s too dry, conversely, can cause your family to experience flaky skin, itchy eyes, and dry throats and noses. Products like dehumidification systems and humidifiers can help regulate the moisture in your home and bring your home’s humidity to the proper level.
T.F. O’Brien can help you get the indoor air quality solutions you need.
If you’re ready for a whole-house air quality solution that will help show your family the love this winter, we’re ready to be your IAQ cupids! No two homes are the same, and we’ll be happy to send one of our Home Comfort Advisors to meet with you at your convenience to evaluate your unique situation and make recommendations, and you and your family will be breathing fresher, cleaner air in no time. Just give us a call at 516.488.1800 to get started.