Since the air circulating your home is invisible, indoor air quality can become out-of-sight, out-of-mind for many homeowners. Many do not recognize that poor air quality is taking a toll on their quality of life and home! Thankfully, there are top of the line solutions for bad indoor air quality, the most powerful and effective being UV light systems like the REME-HALO®, which we install for many homeowners. Is it the solution that your home needs? Keep reading to learn more!
Signs of Poor Air Quality in Your Home
If you’re noticing persistent headaches, coughing, or sneezing, your first instinct may be to chalk it up to the inevitable common cold. But, when these issues persist, and especially in the members of your immediate household, it may be time to investigate the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home.
How can you start to recognize poor air quality in your home? First, and most predominantly, homeowners and their families with poor air quality start to notice difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing, or respiratory problems. And this makes perfect sense: if the air you need to breathe is concentrated with contaminants, particles, and pollutants, your body will have a hard time inhaling and exhaling it (breathing)! Other bodily symptoms that may follow include increased headaches, migraines, lack of sleep, and dry skin and eyes.
In addition to bodily symptoms, you may see the signs of poor air quality in your home itself. These include dust buildup due to the increased pollutants in your home, and rotten and lingering smells.
How to Measure the Air Quality in your Home
If you’re mentally checking off one or more of these symptoms, it’s time to measure and diagnose your home’s IAQ!
You can measure the air quality in your home by purchasing a monitor or detector made specifically for that purpose. Often, people aren’t aware that these products even exist! These air quality monitoring devices won’t be cheap, but they can provide a consistent reading of what the air quality is in your home.
Many homeowners opt to pay the price for professionals to diagnose their air quality. Blakeslee and Son offers home air quality services from air filters to IAQ testing to top-of-the-line purifiers for your sensitivities.
Improving Your Indoor Air Quality with UV Light
After you’ve determined that your indoor air quality (IAQ) needs improvement, the question becomes, How can I improve it?
You should start with a good baseline of what it means to have good indoor air quality. Good indoor air quality includes:
- Adequate ventilation of air. Sufficient air circulating from the outdoors can help reduce the concentration of airborne contaminants and prevent them from landing on surfaces. The more people that are in a space, the more important proper ventilation becomes.
- Controlled airborne contaminants. Contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and mold can be controlled by clean, dry systems and ducts, where these types of particles cannot thrive.
- Comfortable levels of air temperature and humidity. Bacterial and fungal growth thrives in warm, humid environments. Your home’s temperature and humidity levels should be a comfortable haven for you, not for these contaminants.
How UV light works to improve your home’s IAQ
Using Ultraviolet (UV) light is the best way to start improving your home’s IAQ. It is both powerful and effective for sanitizing your indoor air! There are three types of UV light: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. The first two are at the less-powerful end of the spectrum and are found in tanning beds, nail salon lamps, “black lights,” and from the sun itself. The last type, UV-C, is the most powerful form of UV light, with the shortest wavelength. UV-C light is used for sanitation and air purification in many industries, from healthcare to food-processing!
So how does it work? UV-C light is powerful enough to destroy microorganisms by scrambling their DNA–and that’s exactly what in-duct, whole home air purifiers do to airborne bacteria, viruses, mold spores and more. We recommend in-duct, whole home air purifiers like the REME-HALO® that are placed directly in your home’s air ducts and destroy pollutants at the source before you can breathe them in.
The REME-HALO® UV-C Light Technology
At Blakeslee & Son, we believe in doing the job right, the first time. That’s why when it comes to air purification in your home, we recommend the REME-HALO® whole-home purification system. Room air purifiers will not be effective for the entire home and they rely on the contaminated air to circulate around the room and pass through the unit itself to actually work.
The REME-HALO® actively purifies pollutants at the source. When installed into the existing air conditioning or heating system air ducts, the REME-HALO® produces airborne Hydrogen Peroxide that is distributed through the HVAC system and into the conditioned living space. The ion generators are used to restore the natural levels of ions in the conditioned space, reducing airborne particulates such as pollen, dust, and smoke. This accelerates the agglomeration (clumping together) of the airborne particles making them easier to capture in filters. This technology is the most advanced means for inactivating all types of air and surface microbial hazards and reducing airborne particulates.
Home Air Quality Services at Blakeslee & Son
This cold and flu season, don’t take your air quality for granted at the expense of your health. Whatever air quality services your home may need, you can count on Blakeslee & Son!
- Indoor Air Quality Testing & Inspection
- Air purification solutions like the REME-HALO®
- Air purification system installation
- A selection of different air filters for your needs
Contact us to help you find the right air quality solutions for optimum performance of your HVAC equipment and the safety of your home.
Serving Rockford, Ada, Cascade, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, Walker, Grandville, MI and the surrounding areas.