According to the EPA, the air inside many U.S. homes has a higher concentration of pollutants than the air outdoors. While this may seem unbelievable, once you consider the source of pollution inside your home, the claim becomes credible. Fortunately there is a solution for providing healthier indoor air. Combined with your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, an air filtration system will help to remove the contaminants that threaten the health of you and your family.
First, let’s take a look at the sources of pollution in our homes:
- It may come as a surprise, but today’s tightly built homes are not good for our health in all respects. While you are saving energy, the lack of ventilation is a potential breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, even in the cleanest home.
- Pet dander is a common pollutant from hair, feathers and skin. Care of your pet can reduce it, but only an air filtration system combined with pet care provides relief for allergy sufferers.
- Dust mite and cockroach parts and excrement require frequent vacuuming and a clean house, along with an air filtration system.
- While opening windows provide ventilation, during the pollen season windows should be kept closed. Pollen also enters the home through ventilation pipes and on clothing of persons entering the home. An air filtration system can remove the pollen indoors, providing relief for those with allergies and asthma.
- If not periodically inspected and cleaned if necessary, the duct work of the home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy can contribute to dust and other contaminates inside the home. When condensation occurs in the duct, bacteria and mold may develop, being dispersed throughout the home each time the system runs.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) are emitted as gases or vapors from everyday household products and building supplies, including:
- Air fresheners and some aerosol products such as hairspray
- Household cleaning products
- Paint and similar products
- Pressed wood products
- Smoke from tobacco products
- Vinyl flooring
- Some engineered wood flooring products
- Glue and adhesives
- Various construction materials
When building a home, or providing upgrades and furnishings, look for products labeled as containing no VOC’s or low VOC’s. When purchasing household cleaning products look for ingredients such as formaldehyde, benzene, chloride, toluene and ethylene. These contaminants and others can cause serious illness and it is worth a few extra dollars to select products free of VOC’s, and other contaminants.
In addition, it is important to note that not all air filtration will remove VOC’s. If purchasing one yourself, check the label, otherwise request one capable of removing VOC’s from your HVAC technician during the initial consultation.
The Effects on Human Health
Indoor air pollution can contribute to and worsen the condition of those with allergies, asthma, chronic respiratory conditions, headaches and nausea. The long term consequences of indoor pollution can include cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases and additional illnesses. Our NATE certified technicians can provide professional services for your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, and offer solutions for clean, healthy air in your home.
Air Cleaners Also Remove Odors
Air cleaners not only provide cleaner air, some can also provide cleaner smelling air by removing odors such as cat litter, pesticides, cooking odors and pet odors.
The Air Filtration System
There are three primary types of air cleaners: whole house air filtration systems, portable air cleaners and whole house air filters.
Whole house air filtration systems connect directly to the home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy. Due to the required specifications and skills required, it is a job only for a certified HVAC technician to ensure proper installation and function.
Portable air cleaners will only clean the air in a single room. For an effective job, each room will require a properly sized air cleaner.
Whole house air filters replace the standard air filter used in your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy. While it will remove some of the contaminates, it will not provide the effectiveness of an air filtration system.
Air filters are rated by MERV, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. MERV rating is typically between 1 and 16. The higher the number, the more effective the filtration is. However, it is essential for the filter to be compatible and approved for use with your heating and air conditioning in Katy, to prevent potential damage to the system.
In addition, dirty filters are also a cause of contaminated air in the home. Check, change or clean your filter monthly, depending on the type. Basic fiberglass filters provide no air cleaning ability at all, serving only to remove the largest particles from the air that may damage the heating and air conditioning in Katy. If your HVAC system was not manufactured to utilize HEPA filters, pleated filters are also extremely effective and safe for most systems. Your HVAC technician is the best source of information for questions about your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy.
If you plan to install an air filtration system in your home, contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning. Our NATE certified technicians can provide you with the information and the installation you require for clean air. Our technicians offer a broad range of services for residential and commercial heating and air conditioning in Katy, including 24-hour emergency services. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.