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Written on: January 29, 2024

Solutions for Improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

How to Make the Air in Your Home Healthier

air cleaners New Britain, PA When you close up your North Penn home for winter, this can lead to indoor air getting too dry and airborne impurities, such as mold spores, dust and germs, getting trapped inside. This can cause various comfort problems, such as allergic reactions and illness for your family.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Walton’s has trained and experienced indoor-air-quality (IAQ) technicians on staff who can help you determine what equipment you need for your home, then expertly install it.

Whole-house Humidifiers for IAQ

During the heating season, our bodies get dehydrated — and weaker — because the cold air outside and the heated air inside join forces to lower a home’s humidity level.

When indoor humidity level gets too low, this leaves you vulnerable to bacteria, germs and viruses, all of which thrive better in dry environments.

We can solve this problem by installing an Aprilaire whole-house humidification system. This will introduce water vapor into your duct system to add the humidity back into the air. The main goal of a humidifier is to bring the humidity levels inside your home to the desired 30%-50% levels. This will leave you feeling a lot more comfortable!

Whole-house Air-Cleaners for IAQ

We install whole house air cleaning systems from top manufacturers like Lennox, Trane and Aprilaire. The units we install use a HEPA filter with a high MERV rating to clean all the air that passes through the ductwork before it gets into your home. The filter will capture numerous tiny particles like dust, pollen and pet dander.

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, a type of pleated mechanical air filter. MERV is an acronym for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It’s a measurement scale designed to rate the effectiveness of air filters in capturing the particulates that pass through it.

What You Can Do on Your Own for IAQ

Here are four tips for keeping the air inside your home at healthier levels.

  1. Cut back on common “scents.” Many cleaning and personal care products use scent to make them more attractive. But the scents added to products like air fresheners, soaps, detergents, all-purpose cleaners, and other products can result in hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being released into your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs can create health problems ranging from throat, eye, and nose irritation to dizziness to even liver or kidney damage. Try to use unscented products. You can still add a pleasant smell to your home with essential oils and a diffuser. The EPA has a Safer Choice website that helps consumers find products that contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment.
  2. Self-maintenance. You may sometimes forget to change the air filter on your furnace or air conditioning system and that can negatively impact your indoor air quality. Check your HVAC filter about once a month and change/clean it as needed. This is especially important if someone in your home has a respiratory condition, or if you have pets. In these situations, you may need to change/clean the filter more frequently.
  3. Add plants. Houseplants are nature’s air filter. Studies have shown that plants can remove formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxins from the air and replace them with oxygen. Some good choices for clearing the air include Bamboo Palm, Chinese Evergreen, English Ivy, Ficus, Gerbera, Golden Pothos, Peace Lily, Philodendron, Pot Mum, and Spider Plants.
  4. Ventilate Hobby Rooms. We all love our hobbies, but some of them can involve the use of some toxic materials. If you plan to strip paint, use adhesives, or do any other activities that expose you to harmful vapors, be sure to do it in a well-vented room – or better yet, work outside whenever possible.

Our IAQ experts will be glad to help improve the air quality in your home. Reach out to us today to learn more. Walton proudly serves New Britain, PA and surrounding towns in Montgomery and Bucks counties.

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