Poor indoor air quality in your Lubbock, Texas, home can lead to allergies, asthma attacks, flu-like symptoms, headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, and trouble concentrating. Children, the elderly, people with pre-existing illnesses, and those who spend much time inside are more vulnerable. Discover how you can use ventilators, air cleaners, and UV lamps to improve poor indoor air quality inside your home.
By adding an energy recovery ventilator, ERV, to your HVAC system, you can remove stale air, bring in filtered air, and dilute pollutant concentration in your home. ERVs also have heat exchangers to conserve energy by transferring heat to the incoming air, similar to a heat pump, and they can also dehumidify the air.
You can buy window-mounted, wall-mounted, and whole-home models for ventilators. Opening windows or using exhaust fans or ventilators without heat exchangers can remove stale air, but these methods won’t necessarily save you energy or filter contaminants from the air.
Air cleaners can remove contaminants from indoor air, including mold, pollen, and pet dander. The Carrier Infinity Whole-Home Air Purifier connects to your ductwork to clean the air in your home. This Carrier Infinity air purifier has a MERV, minimum efficiency reporting value, of 15, which indicates it can filter small particles from the air.
This Carrier Infinity model can also remove most bacteria from the air. Less expensive portable air cleaners that clean the air in one room or area are available, but the fans on these units may make too much noise for homeowners.
UV or ultraviolet lamps in your HVAC system’s air handler can kill mold, bacteria, viruses, and dust mites by damaging their genetic structure. The strong UV lights keep these organisms from growing in ductwork, which can improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning has more than 100 excellent employees and over 40 years of experience. We can help you decide what indoor air quality products are best for your home and install, maintain, and repair your HVAC system. Call us at 806-589-1014.
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