Indoor Air Quality

There are over 30 million asthma sufferers in the United States. Indoor air is 10-100 times more polluted than outdoor air. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 health concerns. Improving your indoor air quality has many health benefits, especially if you are allergy prone or have asthma. In addition, people who are exposed to indoor air pollutants for longer periods of time are often more susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution.These groups include young children, the elderly and those that are chronically ill.

Since we can not control the amount of pollutants and allergens we breathe while outside our homes, it’s a good idea to strategize how to improve the air you breathe while at home. Indoor air pollutants are created by every day activities like cooking, bringing most any object into the house, visiting a sick friend, taking a shower, and running the furnace. Therefore, additional efforts need to be made in order to provide the clean air that will promote healthy living. Our indoor air products can help keep your family safe and healthy.

  • HEPA Filters: A HEPA filter for your furnace or air purifier will help to remove many small particles like dust, dust mite allergens, anthrax spores, mold spores, pet dander, and even some harmful gases and airborne asbestos from the air in your house.
  • Carbon Filters: Many air purifiers rely on carbon filters to eliminate smoke, fumes, and odors from your house. Air is forced through a layer of activated granular charcoal which absorbs the odors and allows clean fresh air to pass through.
  • UV Germicidal Light: This ultraviolet light feature of many air purifiers neutralizes and eliminates many bacteria, mold spores, protozoa, yeasts and even some viruses.
  • Air Purifiers: This naturally occurring unstable gas quickly oxidizes with the pollutants in the air moving through the air purifier and completely neutralizes them. Many air purifiers use this chemical reaction to effectively eliminate bacteria, fungus and odors from the air.-Ionize: Air purifiers with ionizers create negatively charged ions which attract small airborne particles such as viruses, pollen, bacteria, smoke, dust, animal dander as well as other allergens. Once this occurs the particles cling to a metal collector or the particles to fall out of the air.
Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner

What are the symptoms of poor air quality?

Health symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Dry, Itchy Eyes, Skin, Nose & Throat
  • Dizziness
  • Hypersensitivity to Allergies
  • Coughing & Sneezing

Health effects from indoor air pollutants may happen soon after exposure or possibly even years later, according to the EPA. To learn more about the quality of the air inside your home, Sears Heating & Cooling is here to help answer any questions. Contact us today!

How often should I change my air filters?

How often you should change the air filters in your home depends on a few factors:

  • Manufacturer’s recommendation – You should always try to follow what the makers of the air filter recommend. 
  • Allergy sufferers or primary residence with two or more pets – Change filters every 20 – 45 days.
  • Primary residence with one pet – Change filters every 60 days.
  • Primary residence with no pets – Change filters every 90 days.

Vacation home – Change filters every 6 – 12 months.

What is the difference between an air cleaner and an air purifier?

Both air cleaners and air purifiers work to remove pollutants and particles from the air. They work in different ways, however: 

  • An air cleaner, like the Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner, uses HEPA advanced air filters to thoroughly filter out particulate matter. 
  • An air purifier, like the iWave Air Purifier, uses ionizer technology by introducing harmless ions to combine with harmful pollutant molecules, removing them from the air or forcing them to be trapped in a filter.

At Sears Heating & Cooling, we can help you determine which air purification system would work best in your home. Contact us today to learn more!