An influx of contaminants
Because of my son’s allergies, indoor air quality is very important to me. My little boy is allergic to nearly everything that floats around in the air. He is so bothered by pollen and fumes, he spends the majority of his time inside. I’ve taken a whole bunch of precautionary measures to keep my home as clean and healthy as possible. I’ve torn out almost all of the carpets in the house, because they harbor dust mites and other contaminants. I launder my family’s linens in hot water, with anti-bacterial detergent, every week. I vacuum with a HEPA filter, and I’ve enrolled in a maintenance program with a local HVAC contractor. They send a licensed technician to the house in the fall to clean, adjust and inspect the furnace, and repeat this process in the spring for the air conditioner. Every three years, the HVAC contractor provides a thorough cleaning of the entire duct system. This ensures that the heating and cooling equipment works at peak efficiency, reliability and capacity. Plus, with regular cleaning, the furnace and air conditioner are less likely to introduce dust, mold spores, bacteria and other pollutants into the air. While all these preventative measures are helpful, there are sources of allergens in every room in the house. I needed a more proactive and aggressive strategy to protect my son’s quality of life. After consulting with my HVAC technician, I invested in a whole-home air purifier. The air purifier incorporated directly into the air handler of the heating and cooling system, and filters air as it passes through the system. The air purifier cleans the air eight times every hour, trapping contaminants smaller than a grain of salt. It also kills microorganisms such as mold spores, mildew, bacteria and viruses. It runs silently, requires only annual upkeep, and has made a significant improvement in the health of my home.