Now that we are into full blown winter weather here in Missouri, it is likely that everyone is spending more time indoors than usual.
With doors and windows battened down to protect from the cold, the inside of the home has become an ideal breeding ground for viral infections. Paper filters in your heating and cooling unit do a fine job of cleaning out large particles of dust and dander, but smaller hazards like fungi and bacteria can pass right through. If the health of your family is a major concern for you, you should ask your local HVAC technician if installing an air cleaner is a good idea for your home.
A Whole House Air Cleaner
By far, the best way to achieve clean air in your home, especially during the winter, is to have a whole house air cleaner installed as a part of the existing HVAC system. According to the EPA, the air inside your home may be up to 100 times more polluted then outside air. So as you and your family are enjoying the comfort of being inside a warm house, you are also breathing in harmful microorganisms that are harmful to your health. Pollen, mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses, and dust mites are all running rampant inside your house.
When installed as part of your HVAC system, an air cleaner will remove those particles before allowing the air to be circulated into your home. So long as your furnace is running, the air cleaner is doing its job. This is even more important in the winter as we tend to stay inside more, giving our bodies more exposure to the harmful contaminants.
The Effect of Unhealthy Air
When the air quality inside your home is poor you will have an increased occurrence of headaches, your eyes will be dry, and nasal congestion will be a constant. You may even suffer from nausea or increased fatigue. Since all of these symptoms are consistent with a cold or flu, many people don’t even realize that they are being poisoned by their own home. Another thing to consider is that the American Lung Association now acknowledges that homes with an unhealthy amount of contaminants contribute to the development of chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma.
Installing A Whole Air House Cleaner
It is not too late to remedy your home. If you call your HVAC company today you should be able to enjoy the benefits of clean air in less than a week. The installation is easy and utilizes the duct system already in place for your heating and cooling system. It will even help your furnace and air conditioning unit run more efficiently by removing particles before they enter those systems. A build up of dust and dander can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC by over 20 percent. An air cleaner will help keep your costs down.
If you still are not convinced, call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998 and hear firsthand about the benefits of an air cleaner. We still have months ahead of us before Missouri begins to thaw out, so why not make the place where you and your family will be spending the most time as healthy an environment as possible.
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