Cold and flu season is coming up, and you want to protect your family the best way you can. You use hand sanitizer, you eat foods full of vitamins, and drink plenty of fluids, but is that enough to keep airborne contaminants out of your system? Airborne germs are some of the sneakiest, and the standard air filter may not do enough to get rid of them as you run your heating and air conditioning equipment.
Plus, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, you likely feel symptoms all year round. There’s a lot you can do about airborne pollutants and even dangerous contaminants in the air, and we’re here to tell you all about it. Call our friendly team for a new indoor air quality installation.
Air Filtration Systems
The air filter in your home may simply not be rated high enough to remove the smallest particles from the air, which are often the most harmful. To people with allergies or asthma, or for those who are sick of seeing dust kicked up around the home, we often recommend an additional air filtration system.
A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtration system installed within the HVAC system will be able to trap more of the microscopic particles that aggravate your symptoms or even those that make people feel ill.
UV Air Purifiers
Bacteria and viruses can lead to illness, and they’re tough to scrub out when they’re airborne. A UV air purifier can drastically reduce the amount of germs in your home. An air filter or filtration system may not be able to catch the tiniest ones, but UV light works differently.
As air passes over UV lights, germs in the air are killed and sterilized, meaning they are no longer harmful to breathe in. This is the same technology hospitals use to clean their air, and it’s available in your home!
Energy Recovery Ventilators
An energy recovery ventilator allows for fresh air to come into the home. Sure, you could open up the windows to do this, but that would seriously interfere with your air conditioning and heating system’s efficiency.
An energy recovery ventilator contains a heat exchanger so that fresh air can enter the home while getting preheated from the outgoing stale air from the home. This works in the summer as well; fresh air entering the home loses its heat to the heat exchanger so it doesn’t interfere too much with AC efficiency either.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Finally, there’s one air quality product we cannot forget to mention as winter draws near. Hopefully, you’ve already got smoke detectors in the home, and you test them once a month by holding down the test button. A carbon monoxide detector is equally important, as carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas you cannot typically detect in other ways.
How do these work with your HVAC system? Well, most don’t. But today, there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors you can manage from a smartphone app you use with your heating and air conditioning systems. You may have heard of smart thermostats already: Wi-Fi thermostats that give you the option to control and monitor the thermostat remotely, any time. These apps may also have the option to hook up to a carbon monoxide and smoke detector (if compatible with your system). You can get alerts when batteries run low and find out about a dangerous situation no matter where you are.
The most important systems for your HVAC in Port Neches, TX come from Air Services Unlimited. Contact us today!