Today’s homes are tightly sealed against the outdoor elements. The primary reason for this is energy efficiency. After all, it doesn’t make much sense to use a whole house heating and cooling system in a drafty house—you can only imagine the energy costs during the winter and summer. An unfortunate consequence of a tightly sealed home is that the indoor air quality can truly suffer. Not only might your humidity level fluctuate from extreme to extreme, but you may also find that your indoor air has numerous airborne contaminants and pollutants floating throughout your living space.
Because we can’t depend solely on natural ventilation to ensure that we have fresh air in the home, it’s important to take stock of our homes’ indoor air quality from time to time. Fortunately, there are numerous products available that integrate directly into the ductwork to ensure that your entire indoor air space is cleaned. Here are just a few options to consider.
- Air Purifier. While you may have used a portable air purifier at one time or another, they can hardly compare to whole house units. Whole house air purifiers fit directly into your ductwork, and they come in various types, including UV air cleaners that use ultraviolet light to destroy biological contaminants as well as air filters that catch particulates as they pass through the ductwork.
- Humidifier/Dehumidifier. Controlling your humidity is easy with a whole house dehumidifier or humidifier. These systems avoid the constant maintenance and limited coverage of portable models to ensure that your entire home space is comfortable. Both overly dry and moist air can be problematic, both in terms of your own comfort as well as in terms of potential long-term damage to sensitive wooden furnishings and flooring, among others.
- Air Duct Cleaning. If you’ve never had your air ducts cleaned before, you may be in for quite a surprise. Because the interior of your ductwork is hardly accessible, it can be difficult to see what’s in there. When dust, dander and other debris accumulate within, you may find that your indoor air quality suffers as a result. Professional duct cleaning is a great way to boost your indoor air quality.
Contact the friendly professionals at House Call Company today to get started.