Barberton, Ohio, October 26, 2009 – Statistics show that the average American spends 70% of their times indoors and according to the American Lung Association the quality of indoor air can be 5 times worse than the air we breathe outside. We are also seeing an alarming increase in the number of individuals who suffer from asthma, 23 million according to the EPA. Also, fifty percent of illnesses, such as colds and flu (the Swine Flu!), allergies and asthma, are caused or aggravated by mold, mildew, bacteria and fungi according to the American College of Allergists.  Indoor air quality is becoming an important issue in our society and finding the solutions has become a goal of the HVAC industry.

Bill Blind, President of Blind & Sons, states that, “The HVAC industry has already come up with ways to improve the air quality in homes. There are a variety of products available on the market today as well as some simple preventative measures that homeowners can take.” It is important to investigate the different options and find out which option makes the most sense for your home and family.

One way to improve indoor air quality is to install an air purification system to your existing heating and cooling system. Blind says that Blind & Sons carries the Aprilaire Whole-Home Electronic Air Cleaner 5000, which has been rated #1 three years running by leading products ratings magazines. This air cleaning system traps 99% of airborne pollen, mold and spore-sized particles, eliminates 98% of airborne bacteria-sized particles and removes 94% of respirable dust, dust which the EPA reports can trigger asthma.

A second option is to attach an Air Purifier to your current heating and cooling system. Blind & Sons carries the Lennox PureAir Air Purification System, considered the most effective whole-house air filtration system available on the market today. This system is designed to filter better than a HEPA filter and delivers air that is heated as well as cooled, conditioned, meticulously filtered and cleaned of up to an unprecedented 99.98% of airborne allergens that pass through the filter.

A third option, Ultraviolet (UV) Germicidal Lamps, provide another way of removing airborne contaminants from your home.  Mold and bacteria can easily grow on air conditioning coils as a result of normal condensation that takes place during the cooling process.  A UV Germicidal Lamp is designed to eliminate the mold and bacteria on the air conditioning coils.  The elimination of mold and bacteria will reduce your family’s risk of allergic reactions and illnesses as well as get rid of foul odors.  It also allows your home comfort system to run less often, for shorter periods of time and at peak efficiency.

Whole-house duct cleaning is also a great way to improve air quality inside your home.   Duct cleaning dislodges dirt and debris in the airflow systems and is followed by a thorough cleaning.  This cleaning will kill germs and bacteria, remove dust from your home, improve the efficiency of your system, and make your home smell clean and fresh.

A last simple thing that homeowners can do, according to Blind, is to change the filters on their heating and cooling system once a month.  This will cut down on the amount of dust and pollutants in the air.  Filters remove dust and other particles from the air such as pollen, bacteria, smoke, smog, pet dander, and plant and mold spores.  Changing out your filters regularly will also help increase the energy efficiency and prolong the life of your heating and cooling system.

Blind says, “The air we breathe in our homes is loaded with pollutants and since we spend so much of our time indoors, we owe it to ourselves and our families to provide the cleanest air we can.  Removing dust, allergens, bacteria and odors can do wonders for your health and the quality of your life.”

Blind & Sons
A family owned-business, Blind & Sons is a company who truly knows what homeowner’s need. Ever since John W. Blind opened the doors in 1937 to offer coal furnaces and gas conversion burners, Blind & Sons has been evolving to meet the comfort needs of homeowners in Northeast, Ohio. Blind & sons has built a name for themselves in Northeast, Ohio and their business continues to grow through repeat business and customer referrals.