Indoor Air Quality
A wintertime inversion in Utah is generally a nasty experience to go out in, but how much better is the air in your home? ERS tests the air in your home for particulate (or dust, with 90% of the particles you can see in a ray of sunshine actually being your own dead skin), carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and ozone. You spend more time breathing the air inside your home that the air anywhere else. And while the air in your home is significantly better than the air outside during an inversion, your choices as a homeowner make the biggest difference in determining just how much better.
So what are the choices you make and how do they affect your family?
- increase the humidity inside your home. If your air is too dry more of your skin falls off and that increases the dust in your air.
- there are many different types of filters ranging from lower filtration to higher filtration. The MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values range from 6 to 13) measures how effective a filter is. Filters capture those nasty little dust particles before they get to your nose. Dust particles are captured either by the filter on your furnace or by the filters that are the amazing human nose and lungs, you get that choice.
- UV Lights:
- these lights are installed in your ducting and kill the bugs that eat your dead skin. Gross, yes, but those little bugs live in cool, dark, moist areas (the filter area of your air conditioner and the evaporator coils) and thrive on your dead skin. The skin they “recycle” also becomes particulate in your home to be captured by your nose or lungs. UV lights also kill smells such as bacon (everything is better with bacon except the smell inside your home) and smoke (are we having Cajun tonight or did you just ‘blacken’ dinner?).
- Ion Generators:
- these positively and negatively charge the dust particles in your home and that causes them to fall to the floor where you can vacuum them up and get them out of the air you breathe. This means less work for your nose and your lungs.