When you think of air pollution, you probably have a picture of smokestacks billowing black clouds into the sky. But did you know that the worst quality air might not be outdoors, but inside the walls of your home? It’s true—according to the EPA, indoor air quality can often be three to four times poorer than outdoor air quality.
The reason your home may have such poor air quality is because of tight insulation. This is great to keep heat from escaping in cold weather or coming in during hot weather. But it’s not great for circulating fresh air through the home to sweep away contaminants from many different indoor sources. Paint, building materials, hobby products, cosmetics, attached garages, pesticides, and more send pollutants into the air you and your family breathe, and they often have nowhere to escape. They just continue to circulate through the HVAC system.
But we can help! Gibson Heating & Cooling offers Moorestown, NJ, the HVAC services necessary to improve air quality.
Your HVAC system has an air filter already in place. It’s not an effective way to clean your air, however. It’s there to protect the HVAC system from dust and debris. To clean the air you breathe of contaminants requires specialized air filtration systems. You’ll need professionals to select and install the filters, since a filter that has too powerful a MERC rating can end up harming the HVAC system and cutting down on airflow.
The mesh of filters can’t stop all contaminants. Chemicals, smoke, and odor molecules can all slip through standard filters, and since most homes can’t have extremely thick HEPA filters because they’ll choke off airflow, the best option is to pair the filters with air purifiers. Purifiers are electronic and use different methods to draw minute pollutants from the air. The most common type of purifiers use ionization—it changes the charge of air pollutants, then pulls the pollutants down to a pair of oppositely charged plates.
UV Germicidal Lights
Also known as UV air purifiers, these devices are specially designed to eliminate the least healthy of indoor pollutants: bacteria, microbes, and mold spores. These organic contaminants are the hardest to deal with using standard purifiers or filters. The ultraviolet light from the lamps in a UV air purifier kills germs and other microorganisms or renders them inert. The lamps are harmless for people and pets and require little maintenance.
Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators (HRVs and ERVs)
These are devices integrated into the HVAC system to allow fresh air to enter the house without interfering with the heater or air conditioner. HRVs and ERVs pre-heat or pre-cool the incoming fresh air using the heat energy already available in the house. This allows for fresh air circulation around the home without a huge drop in energy efficiency from the rest of the HVAC system.
In addition to installing these devices that help freshen and clean indoor air, our technicians also install humidifiers and dehumidifiers for proper humidity balance. Call us to find out more.
Gibson Heating & Cooling serves the Cherry Hill, NJ, Area. Schedule outstanding service with us today.