Improving Air Quality

According to reports from the EPA, poor indoor air quality can actually be detrimental to your health. You may be asking yourself, "How can I improve the quality of the air inside my home?" The page that follows has been designed to provide you with indoor air quality improvement options. If you have any questions regarding indoor air quality or if there is anything else we can assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact Climate Care Air Conditioning & Heating at 972-353-5257. For your convenience you may also request services from this site.

Basic Strategies for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Air Cleaners

There are a variety of air cleaners on the market. Some air cleaners are highly effective at particle removal, while others, including most table-top models, are much less productive. Air cleaners are not designed to remove gaseous pollutants.

An air cleaners' effectiveness depends on how well it collects pollutants and how much air it draws through the cleaning element. An efficient collector with a low air-circulation rate will not be effective, nor will a cleaner with a high air-circulation rate and a less efficient collector. The long-term performance of any air cleaner depends on maintaining it according to the manufacturer's directions.

Another important factor to consider when determining the effectiveness of an air cleaner is the strength of the pollutant source. Table-top air cleaners, in particular, may not remove pollutants from strong nearby sources. People who are sensitive to particular sources may find that air cleaners are helpful only in conjunction with other efforts.
Over the last few years, there has been some publicity suggesting that houseplants have been shown to reduce levels of air pollutants. However, no evidence has been established that houseplants remove significant quantities of pollutants.

At the present time the EPA does not recommend using air cleaners to reduce levels of radon. The effectiveness of these devices is uncertain because they only partially remove the radon decay products and do not diminish the amount of radon entering the home.

For most indoor air quality problems, source control is the most effective solution. Some sources, such as those that contain asbestos, can be sealed like gas stoves that can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control is also a more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than increasing ventilation because increasing ventilation can increase energy costs.

Another approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors. Most home heating and cooling systems do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate.

It is important to take as many of these steps as possible while you are involved in activities that can generate high levels of pollutants. For example, painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities such as welding, soldering, or sanding all negative impact on your indoor air quality.

At Climate Care Air Conditioning & Heating we realize the necessity to improve indoor air quality in any way we can. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our comfort experts, please feel free to contact us at 972-353-5257. For your convenience you may also request services from this site.

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