What’s Lurking Through the Air In Your Home?
Want to know something really scary? Even scarier than the Halloween season, could possibly be your indoor air quality! During the colder season especially, we want to make sure our indoor air quality is as safe and healthy as possible for our family as we will be spending more time inside our homes. While it might be nice to open up a window every once in a while during the fall, that doesn’t go very far toward improving your indoor air quality. Learn about what’s lurking through the air in your home now, and start to defend against it with our helpful tips!
Types of Airborne Pollutants
With the amount of time we spend inside our homes, it’s no wonder it’s filled with particles that dirty up our air and present hazards to our health. So what exactly do we bring inside our homes?
There are tons of different allergens we bring inside our homes on a daily basis. Dust, dirt, pet dander, and pollen are just a few of the allergens that you’re probably familiar with. Let’s dive a little deeper into one specifically: dust. What is dust exactly? Dust is an accumulation of tiny particles of dirt, dead bugs, clothing fibers, skin cells, hair, and more. Dust alone should propel you to want cleaner air in your home.
However, we also bring in a number of other things. Pollen gets stuck to the bottom of our shoes, on our clothes, and in our hair, and it is spread throughout our homes. Pet dander obviously comes from our pets, who also bring in particles of fecal matter, soil, bugs, grasses, and more. Dirt enters our homes the same way as pollen, as well as from our pets.
Another common allergen in the homes of many is mold or mildew. If you have humidity issues, filtration issues, or air flow issues, it’s likely you’ll have mold and mildew in your home. All these allergens are hard to eliminate just by sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, or dusting alone, and cleaning with harsh chemicals presents a whole other set of issues.
While you might not be familiar with the terms Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, Pseudomonas, or Bacillus, you should know that these are the most common types of bacteria found inside homes. Bacteria particles are so small, they travel throughout the air and you’d never even know it until you were affected. Different types of bacteria affect you in different ways, and some bacteria can be extremely harmful to those who suffer from respiratory issues. Bacteria can come from cooking food in the kitchen, from using the bathroom, from having pets, from trash, and from general uncleanliness.
When you get sick, or when you’re around someone who’s sick, you bring those viruses into your home. The most common viruses in our homes are cold and flu. However, there are a number of other viruses as well that can enter our homes and affect our indoor air quality.
CO2 enters our homes from gas stoves, dryers, furnaces, ovens, and water heaters. CO2 is an invisible gas that can be life threatening without proper filtration from the air in your home.
Cleaning the Air In Your Home
The best way to eliminate all these harmful particles from your home’s air is by having an air purification system installed in your home by an experienced HVAC company. Not only do these systems benefit your overall health, but they also filter out everything mentioned above from the air in your home. Gulfshore Air offers whole home air purification systems including the Reme-Halo and the latest Halo-LED air purifier that both use LED technology to eliminate allergens, bacteria, and viruses from every cubic inch of air reached by your HVAC system.
Don’t worry about cleaning these either because they’re also built with self cleaning technology. And, they are installed right in the ductwork of your system so they’re not an eyesore. Our air purification systems are the most up-to-date, technologically advanced systems of their kind!
If you’re interested in having one of these systems installed in your home, give us a call at (850) 897-6540. You can also chat with us on our website! Gulfshore Air is your local American Standard Customer Care Dealer and Niceville’s #1 choice for heating and air conditioning services.