The Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air quality as a top health concern. Indoor air can be up to five times dirtier than outside air, especially in newer, well-sealed houses where contaminated air is continually re-circulated. Understanding the problem and installing basic HVAC equipment such as one of the Carrier humidifiers is the first step in achieving a healthy indoor environment.
Signs and Causes of Poor Air Quality
There are simple signs that indicate air problem
• Stuffy or stale air
• Noticeable or unusual smells that linger
• High or low humidity
• Signs of mildew and molds
• Health reactions to something new in the house
Drawing attention to indoor air quality is often enough to cause a homeowner to identify some possible causes of unhealthy air:
• Poor ventilation and high humidity from faulty air conditioners and humidifiers that create mold and mildew
• Low humidity causing irritated eyes, nose and throat
• Improperly vented combustion appliances or back drafting
• Off gassing from man made products
• Volatile compounds released from household products like sprays and adhesives
• Asbestos and lead based paint in older homes
• Tobacco smoke
The homeowner does not always have control over an external situation. However, everyone can consider upgrading the HVAC system in the house.
Remedies to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Evaluating the HVAC system to ensure optimum air quality year round may be helpful to have a professional provide suggestions for improvement. HVAC components that contributes to healthy indoor air:
• Use a humidifier to control moisture; during different times of the year or in certain climates, dry air will affect indoor air quality; installing one of the Carrier humidifiers alleviates dry skin, respiratory ailments and static electricity; a Carrier fan-powered humidifier blows moisture into the house through the existing ducts for optimum year round levels of humidity.
• Install an energy recovery system; typically trying to correct stale air in the house by opening windows for fresh air increases cooling and heating costs; Carrier energy recovery ventilators pull fresh air into the house and greatly reduce cooling and heating costs as well.
• Include an air filter system; this is one of the most effective ways to improve air quality; Carrier air filtration systems are state of the art, and can remove pollen, animal dander, bacteria and other pollutants from the air
Air quality solutions include Carrier humidifiers, Carrier fan-powered humidifiers, Carrier energy recovery ventilators, and Carrier air filtration systems. A complete, integrated Carrier HVAC system can provide healthy air for all the family.