Improving Indoor Air Quality

Become More Comfortable in Your Home

Airflow offers air quality systems for a variety of different needs. To determine which system is best for your home, you need to consider the cause, or pollutant source, as well as your sensitivity.

Pollutants are present in most homes, but the classification and concentrations of these contaminants vary. New homes tend to have higher concentrations of chemicals, while older homes are breeding grounds for mold and mildew.

Many everyday household items contribute to poor indoor air quality. Compounds found in carpeting, furniture, upholstery and drapery fabric consistently emit gas or fumes. Other sources of pollutants can include, but are not limited to, cleaning agents, paints and personal care products.

Also, newer homes that are tightly sealed for energy efficiency tend to limit air circulation, which can contribute to a buildup of contaminants. Likewise, things like weather stripping and storm doors keep stale air in and fresh air out.

There are five basic strategies for outsmarting indoor air pollution:

Identify the problem

The first step toward better indoor air is to identify the types of pollutants present in the home. The best way to do this is to schedule an in-home air-quality test with your Airflow representative.

Reduce concentrations of particles and bioaerosols

Routine cleaning and housekeeping helps reduce indoor air pollutants, but these simple fixes are not cure-alls. Some contaminants are so small that they may escape through the vacuum or never land on a surface. HEPA filtration systems, electronic air cleaners, high-efficiency air filters capture even the smallest of particles and bioaerosols.

Reduce or eliminate chemical vapors and odors

Chemical vapors and odors can come from many different sources inside and outside the home. Once inside the home, these potentially toxic pollutants circulate through the ductwork, entering every room and living space. An air purification system removes and destroys 50% of household chemical vapors and odors within 24 hours.

Ventilate Your Home

Today's modern homes are well-insulated and sealed to conserve energy, which means airborne pollutants have no way to escape. Ventilation systems help remove particles and bioaerosols by exchanging stale, recirculated indoor air with fresh, filtered outside air.

Control Temperature and Humidity

Improper humidity levels and high temperatures can actually increase concentrations of particles and bioaerosols. Thermostats regulate moisture levels and temperatures to improve indoor air quality and enhance comfort.
To determine which indoor air quality system best meets your needs, contact your Airflow representative.