5 Products to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality Is Usually Very Bad
There is a good chance that you would be grossed out at how bad your indoor air quality is. It's OK, you are not alone. According to the EPA, the air quality in the average home is up to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Most homes today use central air systems. While incredibly efficient at heating and cooling, central air systems aren't the best at maintaining a high quality of indoor air.
Your vents and ducts have a tendency to harbor dust, and because you don't see it on an everyday basis, it's often overlooked. Combine that with toxins released from cleaning supplies and beauty products, and what you are left with is a revolving cycle of indoor air pollutants continually moving from room to room throughout your house. Courtesy of your central air system.
Make Your Air Quality A Priority This Spring
As we head into Springtime, many homeowners start preparing their "To-Do Lists." While many focus their efforts on projects such as gardening, cleaning the garage, etc, cleaning your indoor air is often never included. In fact, there is some irony knowing that as you clean your home using cleaning products, that you are actually releasing toxins into your home. There is a solution though. Below are 5 products that can drastically impact the quality of your indoor air.
Air Scrubber Plus
If improving the quality of the air inside your home is priority number one, then the Air Scrubber Plus® with ActivePure™ technology is probably the product for you. It uses a combination of UV light and a honeycomb surface to create a catalytic reaction throughout the ductwork of your HVAC system. The hardware itself is hooked up to a furnace or air handler by an HVAC technician. As air is filtered through your system, the air scrubber effectively attracts the indoor contaminants, then eliminates them on contact.
The Air Scrubber Plus® boasts technology backed by NASA for use in the International Space Station, which is designed to simulate the way trees help naturally clean outdoor air. The process creates enviroscrubbing molecules such as oxygen and hydrogen to combat air pollutants inside your home. Not only does the Air Scrubber Plus® help eliminate airborne contaminants, but it also helps drastically reduce surface contaminants.
Indoor Air Pollutants The Air Scrubber Plus® Helps Eliminate
- Toxins Found In Cigarettes
- Odors Caused By Cooking
- Odor-Causing Bacteria
- Pet Dandruff
- Odors Caused By Pets
Emerson Electric Media Air Cleaner
The Emerson air cleaner is a model in practicality when it comes to IAQ. It's affordable and effective. Unlike a lot of baseline air cleaners that can only pick up relatively large particles, the Emerson Media Air Cleaner can remove particles as tiny as a single micron. Emerson also gives you an option to upgrade from the standard MERV 8 filter to the MERV 11 where you will experience up to 30 times more efficiency compared to a fiberglass filter.
Aprilaire Humidifier Models 500/600/700
Most associate the benefits of a whole-house humidifier with the cold season. During the Winter, the air becomes extremely dry, but why would you feel the need to install a humidifier in the Spring? Outside of producing moisture inside your home, most humidifiers today also gauge the air and maintain proper humidity levels. This is extremely helpful during the hot months of the year. Even when the air outside is extremely humid, your AC system will usually mitigate those factors due to the cold air an AC unit produces being rather dry.
Sometimes, especially if your AC unit is constantly running, your indoor air can become a little too dry. Without a whole-house humidifier, this can lead to an ideal environment for airborne contaminants to build up. Dry air is also very bad for anything made of wood. If your home has wood floors, we always recommend a humidifier be installed with your HVAC system.
Aprilaire: A Proven Winner
When it comes to the type or brand of a whole-house humidifier, we recommend considering an Aprilaire model 500, 600, or 700. Aprilaire has established a great reputation for affordable, quality IAQ products. The functionality is very similar between the three models. Each is designed to provide moisture for different-sized homes. Some include:
- Built-In Damper
- Evaporation Capacity Of 0.70 Gallons/Hour
- Automatic Digtial Humidifier Control
- Noise Reduction Technology
Nest Carbon Monoxide Detector
Lost in all the buzz surrounding Nest Thermostats is the fact that Nest also has a suite of other top-of-the-line home automation products. None more important than their carbon monoxide detector. This product doubles as a smoke alarm and is fully compatible with the Nest app. When synced with the Nest Thermostat, it will automatically shut off your heating system when it detects high levels of carbon monoxide and alerts your phone in real-time. If you are considering a Nest Thermostat or already have one installed in your home, the Nest carbon monoxide detector is a must-have.
Laundry Scrubber 2.0
No more laundry detergent. Yes, I said it. There is a product out there that eliminates the need to purchase laundry detergent in order to clean your clothes. Think about all the money you would save if you didn't have to fork out $12 a grocery trip on expensive detergent. For parents with kids who play competitive sports, this is a must-have. The best part about the Laundry Scrubber 2.0 is that actually works.
Benefits Of The Laundry Scrubber 2.0
Using similar technology like the Air Scrubber Plus®, the Laundry Scrubber 2.0 installs as an attachment to your current washer. It uses cold water infused with oxygen, peroxides, and other gases to effectively lift dirt directly from the fibers in your clothes. What you are left with is cleaner, softer, and brighter-colored clothing. Oh by the way, did we mention you no longer need to purchase laundry detergent?
How The Laundry Scrubber 2.0 Works
- No More Laundry Detergent
- Softer Clothes
- No More Built-Up Detergent On Clothing
- Less Irritation For Those With Sensitive Skin
- Whiter Whites
- Brighter Colors
- No Maintenance
- Environmentally Friendly
Interested In Increasing Your Home's Indoor Air Quality?
We take IAQ very seriously. It is arguably our #1 priority outside of anything directly associated with HVAC. If you or a family member has been experiencing any symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality or you are curious about the current state of your home's indoor air, give us a call today at (314) 209-7500 or fill out an online request below. We can send a Superior Home Comfort Consultant to run some home air quality tests and provide you with a detailed status on how clean your home's air is.