Do I Need A Whole-House Filtration System?
Inversion is a weather phenomenon that we know all too well in the Salt Lake City area.
When it happens, like it did the first weekend of the New Year, warm air rises above cold air, trapping pollutants near the ground below. The particulate matter in the outdoor air drives us indoors, where we expect the environment will be a lot cleaner and healthier.
However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can have concentrations of contaminants that are two to five times higher than outdoor concentrations. The agency says synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners have contributed to poor indoor air quality.
You can’t single-handedly remove pollution from outdoor air, but you can clean the atmosphere indoors. Our team of qualified professionals at Friendly Home Services can help you improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) with a whole-house filtration system.
Friendly Home Services is your trusted plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company in northern Utah. We are eager to guide you in selecting the best indoor air quality product for your comfort needs.
How Poor IAQ Affects Health
Pollutants that affect indoor air quality come from many sources, including tobacco smoke, combustion appliances, fireplaces, mold and mildew, pet dander, and everyday household products.
Contaminants can trigger asthma attacks and allergy symptoms, irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, cause headache and fatigue, and lead to respiratory issues, heart disease, and cancer.
Removing the sources of pollution from your Salt Lake City home is one of the best ways to maintain indoor air quality. Regularly cleaning your home will reduce dust and dirt. Storing paints and other chemicals in a shed or garage will decrease the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Banishing tobacco smoke to the outdoors will remove some particulate matter.
A whole-house approach to improving indoor air quality will mitigate the effects of pollution throughout your home. Our licensed professionals at Friendly Home Services can assess your needs and recommend the best solution to reduce contaminants and restore comfort.
Adding or Subtracting Moisture
If humidity levels in your home are extremely low or too high, we may recommend installing a whole-house humidifier or dehumidifier.
An insufficient amount of moisture in the air can dry your skin, irritate nasal passages, cause wood furnishings to crack, and trigger shocks from static electricity. Indoor air with too much moisture encourages mold and mildew growth. Mold spores can lead to respiratory problems.
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers enable you to control the humidity level in your home. Ideally, it should be between 35 to 50 percent humidity.
Purifying and Scrubbing
A whole-house air purifier integrates into your HVAC system. It eliminates odors and traps airborne particles, bacteria, and other contaminants in a high-efficiency filter.
An air scrubber takes purification further by eliminating contaminants in the air and on surfaces. The device releases oxidizers that attract and destroy particles, viruses, and bacteria.
Ultraviolet (UV) Light
Germicidal ultraviolet (UV) lights remove mold, bacteria, and other microorganisms from your home atmosphere and can help protect your HVAC system from mold and mildew.
Our expert team at Friendly Home Services can determine which whole-home air filtration best matches your comfort goals and budget.
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