Poor indoor air quality in your Deerfield, Illinois, home can lead to allergy symptoms, asthma attacks, skin and eye irritation, and more. Some of the most common contaminants are dust, dirt, pollen, mold, pet dander, and household chemicals. Fortunately, you can reduce contaminants and improve your indoor air quality with tools like ventilators, air cleaners, and UV lamps.
An energy recovery ventilator or ERV can remove stale air and bring fresh, filtered air into your home. This lowers concentrations of pollutants and reduces stale or musty smells. ERVs also have heat exchangers that conserve energy in spring and summer by transferring heat away from your home like a heat pump. They can dehumidify the air in your home as well, increasing your comfort and preventing mold growth.
Air cleaners or air purifiers use filters to remove contaminants. You can use a whole-home air cleaner connected to your ductwork to filter all the air in your home or take care or one or two rooms at a time with a less expensive portable unit. However, the fan on a portable unit could be noisy.
The strongest type of UV (ultraviolet light) can kill bacteria and viruses by damaging their genetic structure. The atmosphere protects these pathogens by filtering out UV light from the sun, but bacteria and viruses are vulnerable to a UV lamp in your ductwork or a coil sterilization light inside your air handler. UV lamps won’t help with pollen and many other allergens, so they’re best if you or a member of your family has a compromised immune system or just tends to get sick a lot.
Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 35 years of experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment, including indoor air quality equipment. Call us anytime at 847-272-5836 for excellent service from one of our skilled technicians.
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