How to Improve Indoor Air QualityWhen you picture home comfort, what systems come to mind? You probably think of your furnace and air conditioner, but don’t forget about indoor air quality products.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and another 24 million have asthma, including over 6 million children. Pollen levels have been extremely high this year, especially in Ohio, which can exacerbate allergies and asthma. Many homeowners also have pets, which introduces dander into the home, another common allergen.

The proper indoor air quality products can assist people who are suffering through allergy season. They also help relieve symptoms of asthma and chronic respiratory illnesses. Here are the types of IAQ products you should install in your home to help you feel better and breathe easier.

Whole-Home Air Purifier

The purpose of an air purifier is to remove pollution from the air. When you opt for a whole-house model that’s installed as part of your heating and cooling system, you effectively clean the air, not just in one room, but throughout the entire house.

There are many options for filtering or purifying the air in your home. The best systems, such as the Aprilaire 5000 Electronic Air Cleaner, remove 99.8% of allergens as small as 0.3 microns in size.

Whole-Home Humidifier

Low humidity causes problems in the winter. You might experience excessive dust, itchy skin, dry nasal passages, and increased static electricity if the air becomes too dry. Using an Aprilaire whole-home humidifier is an effective way to add moisture to the air and prevent problems caused by low relative humidity.

Whole-Home Dehumidifier

The opposite problem occurs in the summer when the relative humidity climbs well above the ideal level of 40%. The excess moisture leads to a whole slew of issues, the worst of which include mold and mildew growth, increased dust mite and insect populations, and a muggy, musty-smelling interior.

Installing a whole-home dehumidifier is the key to regulating the humidity in your entire house. Depending on your individual needs, you can have a unit connected to your central duct system, or you can install it in the basement where humidity levels tend to get the highest and cause the most damage.

Air Scrubber Plus

Air filters are useful at catching particles that make their way into the heating and cooling system, but many airborne pollutants are so lightweight that they remain suspended in the air. That’s where the Air Scrubber Plus comes in.

This indoor air quality product generates ions that cause an attraction to form between minuscule airborne particles. As the dust clumps together, the particles become heavy enough to fall to the floor or become caught in the HVAC filter, keeping them clear of your nose and lungs so you can breathe easier. The Air Scrubber Plus also reduces up to 99.9% of surface microorganisms, including Staph and MRSA, to make your home cleaner and healthier.

Whole-Home Duct Cleaning

While this is a service rather than an IAQ product, it’s still incredibly worthwhile for improving the indoor air quality in your Ohio home. Whole-home duct cleaning can combat significant health issues by killing germs and bacteria and removing dust that clings to the walls of your ductwork.

Once you have this service performed, you’ll notice a clean, fresh scent every time the furnace or AC runs. Your heating and cooling system may even perform more efficiently without all that gunk restricting airflow through the ductwork.

For excellent indoor air quality services in Northeast Ohio, please contact Blind & Sons at (330) 753-7711. We’ll recommend the IAQ products you need to breathe easier all year round!