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5 Indoor Air Quality Features to Improve Your Home

Your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential to your health and comfort. Poor indoor air quality can lead to issues ranging from asthma and allergy flare-ups to persistent headaches and ongoing colds. It’s difficult to assess your indoor air quality on your own, but today’s high-tech home tools are making it easier to understand and manage the IAQ in your Birmingham, Alabama, home.

If you suspect issues with poor IAQ in your home, consider installing one of these smart solutions to increase your comfort and help everyone in the family breathe easier. From air purifiers to smarter thermostats, the right tools will transform your indoor air quality.

Whole-Home Air Purifiers

Air purifiers go above and beyond the capabilities of a standard HVAC filter. A product like the Bryant Perfect Air Purifier can take care of up to 99 percent of captured pathogens and stop 95 percent of particles that are between 0.3 and 1.0 microns. Filtering the air up to eight times an hour, this type of system is incredibly efficient at cleaning up the air and pulling pollutants and other irritants from the home. The Bryant GAPAB is effective against the Aspergillus versicolor fungus, human influenza, streptococcus, avian influenza, and more.

While changing the standard air filter in your HVAC system is a good start, upgrading to a whole-home air purifier is a highly effective option that will improve the indoor air quality in your home dramatically.

Energy Recovery Ventilators

Every home needs fresh air, but most modern houses are so well sealed that it’s difficult for outdoor air to get into the house other than opening the doors and windows intentionally.  Ventilators offer controlled access so you can get clean air in your house without sacrificing energy efficiency or indoor air quality.

The Bryant Legacy Series Energy Recovery Ventilator ERVXXNVA mounts directly on the wall. It includes a MERV 6 filter to keep pollutants out of the air as it pulls fresh air in from outside and expels stale air from the house. This is an energy-efficient solution for improving indoor air quality without letting your heating or cooling energy escape in the process.

Indoor Air Quality Testers

It’s difficult to address IAQ effectively without a solid reading on the top hazards in your home. Affordable indoor air quality testers are fairly new to the landscape of residential air quality products. There are several different options on the market that will test for pollutants like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and CO2. Some will also report on humidity levels in the home, which will clue you into environmental situations where mold and mildew growth is likely.

These indoor air quality testers are typically small and portable so you can move them around for a comprehensive reading on air quality throughout the house. With everything from smart IAQ graphs to bold colored lights, these devices can quickly alert you to hazardous conditions in the home.

UV Lamps

UV lamps efficiently kill bacteria and mold that could easily become airborne in your home. Though many homeowners don’t realize it, HVAC systems have a natural tendency to become moist. In hot weather, this will create the ideal environment for mold and mildew growth. A UV lamp installed within your HVAC system will take care of this threat efficiently.

Smart Thermostats

If you’re struggling to keep humidity and temperature under control in your home, a smart thermostat will give you the power you need to manage your home comfort more efficiently. Choose a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, and that control extends beyond the confines of your house. Monitor your home’s humidity levels easily to prevent mold and mildew from getting a foothold. Many smart thermostats also provide handy reminders to change the system’s filters. This way, you’ll never forget this quick yet crucial home maintenance task.

Are you looking for indoor air quality solutions to improve breathability in your home? Contact One Source Heating & Cooling at (205) 509-1929. We offer duct cleaning, ventilators, humidifiers, air cleaners, and more to help you maintain a clean and healthy home.

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