It may be difficult to believe, but simply living and breathing in some homes can pose the same health hazards as inhaling heavy smog or smoking a pack of cigarettes every week.
An airtight home does wonders for energy efficiency, but those same insulating qualities can prevent common air pollutants from flowing out of the house. With all the carpet fumes, mildews, fungi, bacteria, dust mites and other indoor air pollutants floating around, your house isn’t as clean as you think.
- Environmental Protection Agency studies have found that indoor air is between two and 10 times more hazardous than outdoor air.
- Consider that the average home collects about two pounds of dust per week. According to Scientific America, a baby crawling around a typical house inhales the chemical equivalent of four cigarettes a day.
- Indoor air pollutants compound the symptoms of respiratory diseases such as asthma, which afflicts almost 20 million Americans, including more than 6 million under age 18.
So what can you do about it? Many homeowners mistakenly believe that portable room air cleaners and “purifiers” are the answer. Cylindrical, stand-up models and table-top units made popular by home specialty stores and TV infomercials can remove some airborne particles, but only if particles float within the vicinity of the unit. A home would need one in every room to make any impact on overall air quality.
More effective solutions come in the form of whole-house cleaners, which are attached to the airflow lines near the furnace blower.
Research and testing conducted by Harvard Professor of Public Health John D. Spengler claim these furnace-mounted units are five times as effective as portable units.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies pollutants into three categories: particles, germs and gases. The best whole-house air cleaners control each type of pollutant with different technologies. For example, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning’s “Hypogenic Home” systems treat airborne particles with HEPA filtration and polarized media filters, while gases and germs are zapped with ultraviolent energy.
One style may be more effective than the other, depending on the type of heating, cooling and ventilation system in the home, number and type of pets, and other factors.
Give us a call now for a low-cost home air-quality test. Our technicians can determine which whole-house air cleaner best fits your home and your budget. Before long you’ll be breathing easier by the day, and sleeping better at night.
Debord’s One Hour offers a variety of cost effective indoor air quality products. These products work automatically with your HVAC system to filter, purify, and humidify the air in your home. Call Debord’s One Hour to schedule an appointment today.