Heating is a pretty high priority during the winter, even in California. However, it’s not the only thing you should be worried about. Indoor air quality is a very important factor for both your health and comfort, especially after all the fires we’ve been having lately. If you’re interested in keeping your indoor air quality as high as possible, there are a number of different ways that you could go about it.
One of the primary contributing factors to poor indoor air quality is the presence of millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. These include things like dust particles, pollen, dander, viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. Long term exposure to these contaminants can cause all kinds of issues, from allergy attacks to the flu.
The best way to deal with airborne contaminants is to install an air filtration or air purifier system in your home. These systems are designed to remove contaminants from the air, with each system type focusing on different methods and contaminant ranges. Consult with a professional to find the best air purifier for your needs.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Chronic imbalances in humidity are just as bad as airborne contaminants for impacting indoor air quality. Air that is too dry saps the moisture from your skin, causing it to crack. Aside from being painful, this makes it easier for germs to infect you. It also makes the home itself more brittle and prone to damage.
Chronically humid air makes it harder to stay cool during the summer, and promotes mold growth in the darker areas of the home. This obviously isn’t good for your indoor air quality. Or your lungs. Make sure that you have a professional install either a humidifier or dehumidifier to keep your indoor humidity levels under control.
HRV’s and ERV’s
One common issue that a lot of people experience during the summer and winter seasons is the air in their homes going stale. This happens because they shut all of their doors and windows to help maintain climate control, which also blocks fresh air from flowing into the home. Long periods of time without fresh air flow will cause the air inside the home to become uncomfortable. You can’t very well open the doors or windows to get fresh air without compromising your climate control, so how can you solve the issue? With recovery ventilators.
Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV’s) and Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV’s) are designed to introduce fresh air into the home without adversely affecting the indoor temperature. They do this by using a heat exchanger to establish a way for fresh air to flow into the home, while stale air flows out. As the two air flows pass each other, they equalize each other’s temperature. That means that the fresh air flowing into the home will be roughly the same temperature as the air already inside. The only difference between ERV’s and HRV’s is that ERV’s also equalize humidity levels, as well as temperature.