March 28, 2019 Uncategorized

Because of extreme weather, a typical American home has a furnace to heat the house in the winter, and an air conditioner to cool it down in the summer. While running an HVAC system ensures comfort for you and your family, but it doesn’t guarantee an effective elimination of airborne pollutants. This is especially true if your home is constructed to become energy-efficient. Newer homes are sealed as tightly as possible, leaving no space for contaminated indoor air to get out.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is a leading HVAC company in Crystal MN that offers home comfort products, including high-efficiency HVAC filters.

The Importance of Air Purification

While most people believe that the outdoor air is more contaminated than indoor air, but it’s actually the other way around. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air is usually 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside.

Your indoor air has a direct impact on your comfort as well as your health. According to the National Air Filtration Association, about 95 to 98 percent of indoor air is made up of microscopic particles smaller than one micron. These particles include viruses, bacteria, dust, and smoke that can negatively affect your health.

Indoor air pollution debilitates your body by decreasing your overall energy level. This makes your lungs work harder which can lead to more serious health problems if not addressed appropriately.

Air purifiers are a great way to clean the air. An air purifier works by passing air through filters, which catch small particles and remove them from the air in the room. Also, air purifiers can help with allergies, awful smells, snoring and more.

Common Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Cigarette Smoke

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, most of which are carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals). Direct inhalation of cigarette smoke can cause many health problems such as asthma, lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. You may not be a smoker yourself, but you are still exposed to the same pollutants if you inhale cigarette smoke secondhand.

Radon

Radon is the second leading cause of cancer in developed countries like the United States. It is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless naturally occurring gas. Because it is a single atom gas, it easily seeps through many common materials such as paper, leather, plastic bags, paint, building materials such as gypsum board, concrete blocks, wood panels, and insulation.

Gas Stoves

Cooking methods like frying let out more particles than others. If you are one of the many homeowners that use natural gas stoves for cooking, you should know that the convenience of natural gas is reversed by the harmful gases these appliances release that include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and even formaldehyde.

Volatile Organic Compounds

There are 25 different personal care products examined by scientists that have been found to have the potential to create a variety of potentially noxious chemical byproducts. These products include soaps, shampoos, lotions, detergents, fabric conditioners, hand sanitizers, and deodorants. In general, any household item that has strong fragrance is a contributor to different volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Benefits of High-Efficiency Filters

A standard filter (about 1 inch thick) is designed to protect your HVAC equipment and not to improve indoor air quality as many homeowners believe. It takes the visible dirt out of the air, but helps very little with regard to air quality for your lungs, because it’s not specifically designed for that purpose.

On the other hand, high-efficiency filters are more effective for filtering contaminated air. HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filters can remove even microscopic particles like bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and cigarette smoke.

Moreover, high-efficiency HVAC filters reduce allergens, respiratory irritants, dust, dirt, and pet dander. They can also create cleaner smelling air and help keep your ductwork and HVAC components clean.

Ask the Air Purification Experts

It is highly recommended to inquire from HVAC professionals before deciding on buying a high-efficiency filter. That’s because there are many high-efficiency filters on the market today that are made by third-party manufacturers who are not familiar with the airflow requirements of modern HVAC systems. Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted Golden Valley heating and air conditioning contractor that offers high-efficiency filters that match the HVAC equipment we provide.