Importance of Air Cleaners in Your Home
May 23rd, 2016 by THS
Air quality is an integral part of your home. You may not see it, smell it or even think about it, but the air your breathe in on a daily basis could be making you sick if you don’t nurture it. Truth is, the air in your home is more polluted in many ways than the outdoor air, filled with pet dander, mold, dust mites, lead, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, and even volatile chemicals from fragrances in household cleaners, says WebMD.
Pollutants and How to Get Rid of Them
Pollutants get into your home any number of ways: tracked in on feet, through open windows and doors, on pet hair — you name it! From pollen and spores to dust and smoke, you’re breathing in lots of things you probably don’t even realize. Fortunately, air cleaners and purifiers can help. In fact, high-efficiency air cleaners can remove up to 99% of pollen and spores, perfect for those with allergies. Not only will your indoor air will become cleaner and fresher, you will do your part to reduce the allergens and dust that are circulating throughout the house.
Air cleaners can remove bacteria, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns. There are industry rating systems in place to measure the effectiveness of any particular air cleaner on the market. You will be happy to know that Thornton offers only the highest rated air cleaning products designed to dramatically improve the air quality in your house. Do you have a family member who suffers from allergies? Try a Whole House High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filtration system.
In addition to installing an air cleaner in your home, which filters out the allergens and outputs higher quality air, there are steps you can take to ensure better air quality in your home. First off, poor ventilation is a big factor. This can be caused by issues with controlling temperature and humidity levels, car emissions, recent remodeling, nearby construction sites, mold, and extensive use of cleaning supplies Check out these tips to improving your ventilation:
- Clean your house regularly, particularly if you live near a congested roadway or construction site, or have pets. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter ideally, to effectively rid the home of dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander.
- Clean hard surfaces with microfiber mops, which are better able to capture more dust and dirt than standard fibers.
- Keep your home’s humidity level between 30 and 50 percent to keep dust mites and mold from thriving in moist conditions. Use a dehumidifier in the basement to reduce moisture.
- Clean out your dryer vents regularly so no obstructions can form. This also reduces the chances for a house fire.
- Don’t smoke. Second hand cigarette smoke happens to be the worst form of indoor air pollution, putting children at risk of ear and respiratory infections, asthma and cancer.
- Hire a professional like Thornton Heating Service to maintain your HVAC units, vents and ductwork, as well as install an air purifier or cleaner in your home.
Established in 1959, Thornton Heating Services strives for a goal of 100% customer satisfaction as part of our “customer first” attitude. Contact us to discuss your air cleaning needs today or fill out our online form to schedule your in-home appointment today.