Indoor Air Quality
Should You Install a Humidifier, Dehumidifier or Air Purifier?
We repair, install and maintain all major brands of indoor air systems in the St. Charles, St. Louis, and Metro East areas.
Scientific studies over the last several years have indicated that the air circulating in your home can actually be more polluted and hazardous to your health than outdoor air, even in mid-sized industrialized cities like St. Louis.
Considering it's estimated that we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, the risks to our health may be greater when exposure to indoor air pollutants rather than outdoor. Health effects due to indoor air pollutants may be experienced immediately after exposure or, maybe years later as your body ages.
Your home has many hidden and seemingly innocent sources of air pollutants, including combustion sources such as coal, wood, oil, gas, kerosene and tobacco products. Other sources that are more obvious but generally ignored could be: wet or damp carpet, space heaters, cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products (MDF), asbestos-containing insulation, household cleaning and personal care products, pesticides and solvents used for hobbies. And don't forget the obvious: mold, mildew and pollen.
Ironically, the “tighter” your home was built, the more leak-proof it may be, not allowing enough outdoor air into your home to circulate and help mitigate the polluted indoor air.
How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Dehumidifiers are designed to remove moisture from the air, which is essential in the St. Louis area because of our high humidity. This lessens the potential for mold growth and dust mites. They are particularly useful in parts of the house where humidity collects, like damp basements.
Humidifiers are especially useful during winter in colder climates where home heating systems are in constant use. The dry air produced by home heating systems can dry out and irritate your eyes, throat, nose and lungs. Dry skin can be another issue, especially for people with sensitive skin. And something that may have not crossed your mine but is important and can be costly if not addressed, is the fact that dry air can create gaps between wood planks in your hardwood flooring, loosen furniture joints and even split the wood in some cases and dry out insulating caulk.
Air-filtration systems are designed to pull mold, pollen, dust mites and other harmful particulates out of household air.
Call you Indoor Comfort Team today to schedule an appointment to discuss your air quality needs.