Your home is supposed to provide an escape from the outside world, a place where you can rest, relax and enjoy spending time with your family and friends. However, in many cases, what you are breathing while enjoying your home are germs, bacteria and other unmentionables that can affect your health and well-being.
There’s no need to panic, however. According to Reu Smith, home comfort advisor at IMS Heating & Air, which serves customers throughout Colorado, you can do something about the smoke, viruses, dust mites, dander and pollen that reside in your home. Smith points out a three-step process that will help protect you from pollutants floating around inside your house.
- Use Your Furnace Filter to Trap Particulates
Smith says there are three major types of furnace filters, all of which offer some level of protection for the air that you breathe: a standard filter; a pleated filter; and a 4-inch-wide pleated filter that offers one of the best solutions for cleaner air to trap particles with the potential to cause you harm.
“The large pleated filter will trap the nasty stuff you don’t want in your house,” Smith says. “Your furnace filter is the easiest and most cost-effective way to clean up your indoor air.”
He adds that the best option would be an electrostatic filter, which he called “the ultimate filter.” Electrostatic filters use electric charges and four layers of filter to remove particles from the air. Because they are washable, they never need to be replaced.
- An Air Sanitizer Kills Most Germs
According to Smith, an air sanitizer – ultraviolet light coupled with an ozone machine – kills up to 99 percent of the viruses and bacteria floating around your home. For example, the Carrier air purifier system offered by IMS Heating & Air cleans indoor air up to eight times an hour, trapping particles that are 18,000 times smaller than a pinhead and destroying virtually all of the captured germs, pollen and mold spores.
“The ozone helps bind small particles and makes them larger so they can be picked up by your filter,” Smith explains.
- A Humidifier Helps Your Filters Trap Particles
Though low humidity might be considered a good thing, Smith points out that in Colorado it can have its disadvantages. For example, when humidity is lacking in the air, dust particles remain suspended, making it more difficult to trap these impurities in your filter.
“A humidifier will help increase the health of your home,” he says.
To make the air inside your home even healthier, Smith suggests that you run your furnace on low regularly, or in fresh air mode, which circulates the air every 10 minutes.
The quality of the air in your home is based on a combination of factors.
“It’s really a puzzle. Each piece contributes to the entire pie,” he says. “The filter is a good start, then most people add a humidifier and an air sanitizer. You can have a very clean home as far as the air goes, but remember that every time you open a door or a window, you’re letting in air that hasn’t been cleaned.”
Are you interested in finding out more about how you can enhance the quality of the air inside your home? Visit IMS Heating & Air online or call (970) 532-0123 in Northern Colorado; (719) 574-0123 in Southern Colorado; or (303) 444-4900 in the Denver metropolitan area.
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