The Unfiltered Blog

October 7, 2014

Four ways to improve your indoor air quality

By Chuck Gassmann, CEO

Did you know the air inside your house is more polluted than the air outside your house? It may seem far-fetched, but just think about all the cleaning products you use, the dirt, dust mites, allergens, mold, spores, pollen and even humidity that are trapped inside your home. The good news is there are four easy options to improve your indoor air quality.

  1. Humidifier/Dehumidifier
    Homeowners can use a humidifier in the winter to ensure the air isn’t too dry. The key is to make sure you’re adjusting the humidity based on the outside temperature. In the summertime, you want the air conditioner to dehumidify the house to take the moisture out. The target is 50 percent relative humidity.
     
  2. High-efficiency filters
    Upgrading your furnace filters to high-efficiency filters means they will collect more dirt, dust, mold and pollen. This is a very affordable option for homeowners.
     
  3. Air cleaner
    A high-quality air cleaner will collect dust, dirt, mold, pollen, etc. Bell Brothers sells a product called the Dynamic Air Cleaner, which works with your current heating and cooling system. It is easily installed using the existing filter tracks. Once in place, it forms an electronic polarized-filter field. Airborne particles pass through the field and adhere to the filter. The Dynamic Air Cleaner removes an impressive 97 percent of particles. For around $500, you will notice an improvement in your indoor air quality.
     
  4. Air purifier
    In addition to collecting dust, dirt, mold and pollen from the air, an air purifier also kills viruses and bacteria. We sell a product called the Air Knight, which uses natural occurring peroxides to kill viruses and bacteria in the airstream. These types of systems are used frequently on cruise ships due to the tight quarters and ease of spreading contagious illnesses. The Air Knight costs roughly $800 to install.

It’s important to note that none of these options will provide any benefits if your system is not running. The blower should run all the time. There are two misconceptions out there about running your furnace or air conditioner continuously: 1) it costs more and 2) the blower motor will wear out faster. This is just not the case because 1) the electricity usage spikes to start the motor, then drops down to almost nothing while it runs and 2) the motor has highest potential for failure when starting and that’s when the wear and tear takes place.