Whether it’s a home or business, the indoor air quality must be addressed for the health, comfort and enjoyment of all who enter the premises. Presently, not only do we face the increasing need to control the spread of germs, we are also entering the summer season, which poses unique challenges when it comes to air quality indoors.
Energy Savers details 5 key ways you can improve the indoor air quality in your Georgia or Alabama home or place of business. For assistance implementing the solutions discussed below, please contact Energy Savers today.
Top 5 Indoor Air Quality Improvements for Summer 2020
- To achieve improved indoor air quality within your home or workplace this summer, we recommend the following measures:
- Installing UV lights
- Installation of a whole home dehumidifier
- HVAC filter upgrades and regular changes
- Reducing contaminants indoors
- Implementing good ventilation habits
UV Light Installation
You can help keep your indoor spaces and all their occupants safe and healthy when you install ultraviolet (UV) light air purifiers to work with your HVAC system. Installed directly within the HVAC system and ducts, UV lights emit UV energy to neutralize biological agents such as viruses, bacteria and mold as they circulate through the structure’s air supply. UV lights render these particulates incapable of surviving, so they cannot spread throughout your indoor spaces or reproduce.
Whole Home Dehumidifier Installation
High humidity isn’t an outdoor-only issue during southern summers. When the indoor environment is high in moisture, it’s more difficult to keep bodies cool. Plus, airborne contaminants can thrive in higher concentrations when the air is very moist, possibly leading to the development of mold and mildew.
Whole home or whole-building dehumidification systems help you control moisture across the entire home or commercial facility. These systems are installed to work alongside the HVAC system to remove moisture as air cycles through, and they have dedicated drains for maintenance-free moisture expulsion.
High-Efficiency HVAC Filters & Regular Changes
While the primary role of an HVAC filter is to protect the system from airborne contaminants, they do offer the bonus of removing air pollutants for better indoor air quality. Use a filter rated MERV 8 to 12 for better contaminant reduction at home. Filters with higher MERV ratings may be appropriate for use with your commercial HVAC system, so check with your contractor for recommendations.
A high-efficiency filter does you no good when it’s dirty, though. When filters become filled with contaminants, they are no longer able to extract particulates as air cycles through the HVAC system – which means they cycle back into indoor spaces without control. During the summer season, cooling systems are heavily used in the South, so filters likely require more frequent changes than during milder periods. Visually examine the HVAC filter monthly to determine if an earlier change is necessary.
Indoor Contaminant Reduction
If you want to improve indoor air quality and reduce indoor air pollutants, reduce the number of contaminants introduced into the indoor environment. Source control is typically the most effective and cost-effective means for simple indoor air quality improvements. Enjoy warmer temperatures and take certain activities outside, such as cooking, painting, spraying perfumes, smoking and anything else that introduces contaminants to the environment.
Air inside a home or building can become stale and polluted with airborne contaminants, even with the air conditioner running. Your cooling system doesn’t bring fresh air into the dwelling or building as it operates.
To expel contaminated air in your home or business facility, ventilation solutions do away with the old and bring in the new! Total home or building mechanical ventilation solutions exist, but even if your residence or workplace isn’t equipped with such systems, you have other options for better ventilation this summer:
- Spot ventilation is effective for removing airborne contaminants that are added to the indoor environment due to the activities that take place within. Use bathroom exhaust fans when showering or bathing, run range hoods when cooking at home or in a commercial kitchen and make sure employees understand best practices for operating application-specific ventilation systems in the workplace, such as in laboratory applications, paint booths and more.
- Natural ventilation allows you to move fresh air in and stale air out. Open windows and doors on mild days to replenish indoor areas with fresh air. If opening the windows is not an option in your commercial building, a whole-building mechanical ventilation system should be considered.
Indoor Air Quality Improvements with Energy Savers
Energy Savers helps Alabama and Georgia home and business owners create more comfortable, healthier indoor environments by eliminating indoor air pollution, including dust mites and pet dander! Take the right steps to build better indoor air quality at your home or business when you implement the tactics above with the help of Energy Savers’ skilled technicians. Contact us today to learn more.