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4 Must-Have Products for Improving Your Home’s IAQ

April 28, 2016

Improving your home’s IAQ (indoor air quality) is easy with the innovative products on the market. Air purifiers, dehumidifiers, UV lamps, and other IAQ products are essential for getting rid of airborne pollutants in your Ocala, Florida, home.

Air Cleaners and Purifiers

Whether you call them purifiers or air cleaners, these products remove airborne particles, odors, gases, and volatile organic compounds that make your IAQ suffer. As far as buying an indoor air cleaner, the most important feature to look for is the type of air filter it uses. Most purifiers contain at least two air filters, but some use three or four for maximum air cleaning. The pre-filter is generally the one that you must change regularly to keep the purifier working at maximum capacity.

The other types of filters to look for in an air purifier will depend on your needs. HEPA filters, for instance, are great for asthma and allergy sufferers. You can also choose from antibacterial filters, charged media filters, electrostatic precipitators, ion, and ozone generators, and activated carbon filters. Once you know the type of air purification you need, you can then decide on the type of system: portable or whole-home air purification.

Dehumidifiers

Humidity can be a challenge for Florida residents, which is why we recommend whole-home dehumidification to clients facing mold and mildew issues. Portable dehumidifiers are effective, but they are small and require you to empty the collected water frequently or otherwise use a hose attachment to free you from the chore. A whole-home dehumidifier is integrated into your existing HVAC system and works on a larger scale.

Because dehumidifiers remove excess moisture, they eliminate contaminants that thrive in moist environments. They can also make your home smell better, boost comfort levels, and preserve the wood inside your home. Even better, whole-home dehumidifiers provide support to your air conditioner. By removing the excess moisture in the air, your AC doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the proper temperature.

UV Lamps

Adding UV lamps to your HVAC system helps kill bacteria and mold, which makes them a great option for Florida residents battling high humidity levels. UV lamps also require little maintenance, as most bulbs last over a year and can be replaced at little cost during your annual HVAC service and maintenance.

HVAC UV lamps come with many benefits, including the ability to remove volatile organic compounds, odors, and germs. They can also reduce algae growth, prevent clogs in your condensate drain lines, and improve your HVAC’s cooling efficiency, which reduces your overall utility costs. If you want to make sure your conditioned air is cleaned properly, opt for air sterilizing UV lights.

Ventilators

Proper ventilation is key for reducing harmful contaminants and boosting your home’s indoor air quality. Whole-home ventilation systems fall into four categories, each of which has their own pros and cons: exhaust, supply, balanced, and energy recovery. Ventilators are designed to remove any stale air in your home, reduce odors, and make the indoor air fresher and more pleasant to breathe.

Exhaust ventilation systems are among the most common because they are inexpensive and easy to install, but they are not the best solution for hot, humid climates. Supply systems are also inexpensive and provide better control than exhaust systems, but they can’t remove moisture and might end up increasing your heating and cooling costs. A balanced system is appropriate for any climate but costs more than the previous options. However, you know you’re getting a solid system that works in Florida’s hot climate.

Energy recovery ventilation systems also have a higher upfront cost, but they come with the added benefit of reducing your overall energy costs, making them the preferred type of system.

With so many innovative IAQ systems on the market, we can help you to have a more inviting home in no time. Call Sun Kool Air Conditioning, Inc. at 352-282-4763 today to learn more about our indoor air quality services.

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