The spread of COVID-19 has placed greater emphasis on the importance of good indoor air quality. Clean indoor air can help ensure the health and safety of those in your own home. Here local HVAC company AAA Air Conditioning, Inc. shares a look at the importance of good indoor air quality during these challenging times.
What Is Indoor Air Quality?
For years, it’s been established by experts that indoor spaces are often twice as polluted in comparison to outdoor spaces. Indoor pollutants are a combination of mold, spores and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that come from paint and plastics. Along with bacteria and viruses, these indoor air pollutants can linger within an enclosed space.
How to Improve & Maintain Indoor Air Quality
There are things that can be done to help improve indoor air quality. Best practices such as avoiding smoking indoors, bathing your pets regularly to reduce pet dander and regular dusting and vacuuming can help reduce controllable sources of indoor air pollutants. Adhering to scheduled air conditioning maintenance performed by your HVAC contractor helps keep your system running reliably. Cleaning or replacing air filters and having the ductwork cleaned can help ensure that indoor air pollutants are caught by the air filter.
Products & Services That Can Further Improve Indoor Air Quality
In addition, there are products and services that can work with existing HVAC systems to further improve indoor air quality:
Air Purifiers — Air purifiers can be integrated into HVAC systems or operate as standalone units. The latter is an affordable and, with the right brand, efficient way to eliminate indoor air pollutants. Standalone air purifiers are equipped with fans to cycle stale air through its filtration system and release fresh air.
High-Efficiency Air Filters — High-efficiency air filters can trap smaller particles, including bacteria and viruses. Consult your HVAC technician when upgrading your air filters, as certain types can be too efficient and may actually restrict airflow.
UV Air Purifiers — Ultraviolet lamps are widely used in medical facilities for sterilization. UV air purifiers feature the same technology: they kill bacteria and viruses that fall within their range. They can be installed in intake registers and other parts of the HVAC system without blocking airflow.
Whole Home Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers — The ideal relative indoor humidity is 50%, which can be maintained with a whole-home humidifier/dehumidifier. During cold seasons, this prevents animal dander, flaking skin and other problems associated with dry winter air. During warm seasons, it helps prevent the mold and mildew growth that can occur in humid indoor areas.