It’s certainly important that you and your family have a comfortable, temperature controlled indoor environment all year long. But you also want to know that the air you’re breathing is clean and safe. Indoor air pollution is a real problem and not something many people think about, but if you really want to make sure your home is as safe, clean and comfortable as possible, you will want to invest in some sort of an indoor air quality system. At Air National Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a wide variety of products and services to improve the air quality inside your home.
Contaminants Are Trapped Inside
With all of the sophisticated home heating and cooling systems we have today, the priority has become keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. Of course, that eliminates most outdoor air pollutants, but there are at least as many indoor contaminants that can affect the safety and wellbeing of you and your family. You need to keep your home sealed up tight to improve the energy efficiency of your home heating and cooling systems and to keep the temperature indoors consistent. But in order to do that, you have to cut off all of the natural ventilation spots that would normally ensure adequate air exchange between indoors and the outside world.
So what can you do about this situation? Well, the best option is to install an indoor air quality system to remove those nasty contaminants from the air circulating through your home. There are actually quite a few different types of these systems including air cleaners and air purifiers. Both of these work to remove particulate contaminants from the air but they go about it a bit differently.
For instance, HEPA filters, one of the most popular types of air cleaners, remove an astonishing 99.97% of particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger in the air that passes through them. Having these installed in the ductwork of your home can dramatically reduce the number or airborne contaminants in your indoor air. Air purifiers, on the other hand, often use technology that ionizes the air and then extracts charged particles. These types of systems are often better at removing smaller particles and cutting down on smoke and pet odors, but they may not be as efficient at collecting the larger particles that settle out of the air once it’s ionized and collect on surfaces throughout your home.
Bacteria & Viruses
While both air cleaners and purifiers are able to remove airborne contaminants like pet dander, pollen, dust, mold spores and smoke particles, they are less effective at eliminating contaminants like bacteria and viruses. Having these organisms floating around in your indoor air is almost a guarantee that your family will get sick, so you definitely want to find a way to get rid of them.
UV germicidal lights are rapidly growing in popularity because of their ability to address just this problem. These air purification devices are usually used in tandem with either a filtration or ionization system and can kill the bacteria and viruses that continue to survive in the air even after it passes through the first layer of filtration.
Air conditioning systems provide two purposes, to cool the air and reduce the humidity to make your home more comfortable. The system extracts a large amount of water from the air. In our hot humid Southwest Texas environment your system can easily produce ten gallons of water per day for every 1000 square feet of living space in your home. That water is drained from the system, but it also makes a damp environment in your system, and that can lead to the creation of mold. Mold generally starts in the indoor part of your system and if unchecked can work its way through your duct system and end up growing all the way to your supply vents. Most homes are built with flexible ducts and if they are infected with mold growth, they will need to be replaced, and the system will need to be cleaned thoroughly.
Air Treatment Services
We have extensive experience working with all types of indoor air quality systems. We can help you determine which system is best for your family based on your particular needs and sensitivities. Not everyone needs to be equally concerned with all types of household contaminants, so you can get a system tailored to the specific needs of your family.
And once you’ve made your selection, Air National can provide complete installation, maintenance and repair services to keep your indoor air safe and your system working well for years to come. So give us a call today to find out how we can address all of your indoor air quality needs.