Are you experiencing the dreading coughing and sneezing of seasonal allergies? Not only are these symptoms bothersome, but they could also disturb your respiratory system. With COVID-19 concerns still at-large, the last thing you need is an allergy cough or a sore throat. Now is the time to begin protecting your health with clean indoor air. These five solutions from Bonney can readily resolve all of your home’s air quality concerns.
Should I be Worried About My Home’s Air Quality?
You might think of your indoor air as much cleaner than the outdoor air, but your home is likely trapping pollutants indoors. The EPA reports, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.” This makes it air quality important for all Americans. However, you may take extra consideration into air quality solutions if:
- You frequently use the fireplace or stove: Both your fireplace and your stove release gasses that can accumulate in your home without proper ventilation.
- Your home is sealed: Home sealing is a great way to save money on your energy bills; however, you may have been relying on these open points in your home for ventilation.
- Someone in your home has respiratory concerns: Indoor air quality is important for everyone, but it is essential to older adults and young children as well as those with asthma and other respiratory problems.
- You live with pets: Your furry friends often have dander that may lower the air quality in your home and irritate your allergies.
If you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, speak with an expert today. They can help you determine whether or not you need air quality help and which of these five solutions is best for you.
Air Quality and Frequent HVAC Care
Without proper cleaning and care, your heating and air conditioning system could be distributing airborne contaminants throughout your home. During a seasonal maintenance visit, an expert will clean your system and your HVAC air filter. In addition to promoting indoor air quality, this also helps protect your HVAC unit and keep your system running efficiently.
Duct Cleaning and Professional Care
Your HVAC system often relies on ductwork to distribute air throughout your home. These passages can gather dust, mold, mildew, and other breathing irritants, which makes it important that they are cleaned from time to time. Your home’s insulation, filtration, and duct sealing can all impact the cleanliness of your ductwork. The process of cleaning your ductwork also depends on your home and your system’s composition. Thankfully, your ductwork does not need to be cleaned as frequently as your heating and air conditioning unit. It is recommended that you consider duct cleaning once every five years, assuming that your ductwork is sealed and that you have the necessary insulation and filters in place.
Germicidal UVC Lamp for Clean Air
While HVAC maintenance will keep your system clean, you can take this sanitation one step further with a Germicidal UVC Lamp. A heating and cooling professional can install this lamp inside your unit to neutralize bacteria and airborne viruses while cleaning the air you breathe. This can help you breathe easier no matter the season or the allergies it may bring.
Fresh Air Ventilation
You may think the ventilation and air filtration provided by your HVAC system is enough to keep your air fresh and clean; however, this only helps your indoor air quality when your system is running. This means that in spring and autumn—when allergies are widespread but temperatures are more comfortable—you will not reap the ventilation benefits of your HVAC system. Additionally, even when your HVAC system is on full blast, it may not be providing sufficient ventilation for your home.
Fresh air ventilation provides an indoor air quality solution that can work even when your HVAC system is turned off. There are two common types of fresh air ventilators: Heat Recovery Ventilators and Energy Recovery Ventilators.
Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV)
These ventilation systems work to keep your indoor air clean by filtering air and regulating its temperature as it enters your home. This system can work independently or in conjunction with your HVAC system.
Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV)
Energy Recovery Ventilators work similarly to Heat Recovery Ventilators with the added consideration for the latent heat in air humidity. This means that they measure comfort level instead of temperature in the outdoor air.
If you need additional ventilation in your home, these systems provide an easy and efficient solution for you to take advantage of.
Electronic Air Cleaners
For a proven way to eliminate air contaminants in your home, an Electronic Air Cleaner may be the solution you are looking for. By using electronic attraction, these filters reduce the number of indoor airborne contaminants in your home. Electronic air cleaners first trap dust, dander, and other large particles in a prefilter before they can enter your building. They then attract and trap any smaller bacteria particles to leave the circulating air in your home clean.
Contact Bonney for Air Quality Service
With COVID-19 concerns rising on top of seasonal allergies, now is the time to take clean indoor air seriously. The team at Bonney is working hard to ensure the safety of our staff and our customers by following all of the guidelines put in place by the CDC. We proudly serve homes in the greater Sacramento area, including those in Auburn, Fairfield, Davis, Rocklin, and beyond. Contact our experts today to make an appointment and take the first step towards cleaner air in your home.