Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
No matter how much we love the great outdoors, Minnesotans spend much of the year indoors. Once the
leaves fall and the frost sets in, we have no choice – our windows are closed and our air quality can be compromised. But stale, stuffy air is more than just a seasonal frustration. The Environmental Protection Agency says indoor air quality (IAQ) is a big health concern for many homes and families.
Dust, pollen and pet dander can build up quickly in a sealed-up home, and that’s just the start. Cooking odors, musty smells, and residual smoke – from tobacco use or the fireplace – all affect indoor air quality, not to mention mold and mildew. On top of that, the products we use to get rid of some of these allergens can make matters worse. Household cleaners and fragrances to “freshen” the air can all adversely affect air quality.
What can we do with the same unhealthy air recirculating through our homes for months? There’s no substitute for a fresh breeze, but the EPA suggests three solutions:
Source controlDusting, vacuuming and scrubbing surface all effectively reduce allergens and irritants.
Improve ventilationWhether natural or automated, increasing air circulation improves air quality.
Air cleanersRemove particles by collecting pollutants from indoor air and drawing it through the cleaning element.
Carrier, as a world leader in high-technology heating and air-conditioning solutions, offers a number of products to help solve the common indoor air problems many homes experience.
Carrier air cleaners, purifiers and filters
Using a Carrier air cleaner, purifier and filter will help free your indoor air of many of those allergens we can’t see, but negatively affect the air quality in our homes. Carrier UV lamps also control air quality by zapping the mold and bacteria that can sometimes grow in the moist environment of your air conditioning or indoor coils.
As we’re entering the heating season, many homeowners need to manage the humidity levels in their home with a humidification system. Having balanced levels of moisture in the air can reduce issues such as skin and respiratory problems, and make for a much more comfortable place to live.
Help exchange the stale indoor air with fresh air, improving your air quality in an energy efficient manner. Ventilators can also be used to control humidity in the winter. Well-sealed homes may have too much humidity, which can cause condensation to form on the windows, causing damage to the windows if not kept in check. With an Infinity control or a dehumidistat, the ventilator can be set up to automatically control humidity levels all winter long.
Ventilators also help with a problem that affects many Minnesotans. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 2 in 5 Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a significant health risk. Ventilators can help keep radon gas in check.
Carrier Infinity Control
This thermostat system allows you to monitor and control all aspects of every indoor air quality product that is installed in your home, giving you maximum options for healthy indoor air.
Consult your local Carrier dealer today, to discover product options that are right for you to improve the air quality in your home and help ensure a healthier winter season for you and your family.
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