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Add-Ons for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

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Let’s talk about products you can add on to improve your indoor air quality . There’s a lot of focus today on making your home more energy efficient and we’re accomplishing this through tighter windows and more insulation in the home. All of this is geared toward capturing those energy dollars and making your system work as efficiently as possible.

The downside to this is that we’re not getting a lot of fresh air anymore. In the past, when we had a lot of leaks in windows, there was fresh air exchange on a regular basis. Now, we are recirculating existing stale air throughout the home. The inherent problem with this is pollutants, mold, mildew and allergens are circulating throughout the house. There are a variety of products that has that will help to eliminate these and also to make things more comfortable in your home.

First, there are Peta filters or electronic air cleaners that are going to help to remove a lot of those allergens out of the air itself. In the wintertime, dry air is circulated throughout the house, making your skin feel dry, and also it does not deliver the heat very efficiently. Whole house humidification units can be added so that a little bit of humidity can be added back into the air, making it more comfortable.

Conversely, in the summertime in some climates, there is so much humidity we need to get rid of it, which is more than an air conditioning system alone can deliver. There are whole house dehumidification systems that are available as components and add-ons that will make that possible.

We want to introduce some fresh air from the outside. This is one of the best things you can do so that you can get some of that heat exchange. We do that through either an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) or an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator). In wintertime, the HRV is going to mix the warm air inside with the fresh air outside and moderate the incoming air so that it’s not all cold air coming in, preventing heat loss. It works conversely in the summertime. The ERV units work very similar to the HRV units, except they also will deal with humidity.

A last product is a UV air purifier. A UV light is installed within the system itself and the installation of the UV within the duct work is going to kill mold and mildew that are present there.

Go to to find these great add-ons for your indoor air quality needs.


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