Indoor air quality is a serious matter because most of us spend about 90% of the time inside. Just how serious the problem is becomes clear when you realize the air inside your home may be 4-to-5 times more contaminated than the air outside!
Consider these startling facts about indoor air quality:
- The average home creates more than 40 pounds of dust each year.
- Each ounce of dust contains about 40,000 dust mites, one of the most common household allergens.
- As many as 72 trillion allergens enter your home every day.
- About 45% of USA homes have one or more asthma or allergy sufferers.
- Children inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults, which exposes them to greater risk from polluted air.
- Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds, many of which are strong irritants.
- Your HVAC system provides an excellent means of eliminating these hazards…or distributing them to every room in your house!
Indoor air is loaded with a variety of contaminants – pet dander, dust mites, organic compounds such as cleaning supplies, waxes, pesticides, office equipment, dry cleaned clothing, and even air “fresheners.”
Add in combustion pollutants from poorly vented central HVAC systems, water heaters, gas stoves and fireplaces, as well as unvented space heaters, and the problem becomes clearer, even if the air doesn’t.
Finally, consider seasonal outdoor air pollutants, including pollen and mold, which enter the home when doors and windows open. Indoor air quality is one of the most overlooked home health problems, but it’s one we can help you beat with better air filtration and other technologies.
The only defense most homes have against indoor air pollution is a one-inch paper filter in the central air and heating system. Those air filters are better than nothing, but they often are only about 20% efficient at removing harmful pollutants.
Here are easy-to-do upgrades to get Improved Air Filtration.
- Home handyman stores all sell higher efficiency 1-inch replacement air filters; using these is a step up.
- Better yet are cabinet air filters. These zigzag-shaped filters are about 4 inches thick, which provides much more surface area. They easily side in and out of a box-like section in the air handler, which can be added to most existing HVAC systems.
- Best is the electrostatic air purifier, which captures and kills the smallest airborne pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and mold.
Humidity and ventilation also play important roles regarding indoor air quality. Mascot Mechanical installs whole house humidifiers to make heated air moist and comfortable to breathe. We also install ventilators to expel polluted indoor air from your home and replace it with fresh outdoor air.
Central carbon monoxide alarms are the best way to know if the air in your home is contaminated with this odorless, tasteless gas, created when your furnace is not burning properly. Finally, UV lights installed in the indoor coils of your central air system will kill mold and bacteria that can grow in those moist conditions.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) develops standards for maintaining safe indoor environments. ASHRAE developed a Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) to rate the effectiveness of air filters.
You also will see air filter efficiency expressed in MPR ratings. MPR is short for Microparticle Performance Rating, a proprietary system developed by a manufacturer. As with MERV ratings, the higher the MPR number, the more efficient the air filtration. Use these guidelines when selecting products to improve the indoor air quality of your home.
Air Scrubber Plus with Active Pure technology is an advanced air purifier that relies on proven germicidal UV light and an additional enviroscrubbing process to clean the air inside your home the way nature intended. Because the technology is installed into the ductwork in your home, it reaches your entire house with its special cleaning and purifying technology.
Installed out of sight near your air handler and requiring no maintenance, Air Scrubber Plus works anytime your HVAC unit is on. The surface inside the unit is covered with titanium oxide and additional proprietary materials. When air passes through the unit, a chemical reaction occurs that creates charged oxygen and hydrogen clusters that clean the air. A patented honeycomb design inside the unit ensures that there is the maximum possible amount of surface area through with your home’s dirty air can pass and the most possible places for the all-important chemical reaction to happen.
The Active Pure technology pushes those scrubbing molecules through your air ducts and throughout your home. That’s something ordinary box air purifiers and single-room models can’t do, and the enviroscrubbers are miles ahead of anything offered in a freestanding unit.
The proven technology used by the Air Scrubber Plus unit is based on technology created for NASA for the ultimate closed environment, the International Space Station. Testing at the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University and other respected institutions has proven that it works, and germicidal light is what many hospitals rely on when absolute cleanliness is required.
Homes are now sealed tighter than ever before, and nature’s cleansing particles can’t get in from outside, but it’s possible to create enviroscubbers of your own using Air Scrubber Plus with Active Pure technology. Inspired by nature and perfected by science, this is technology that’s revolutionizing the air filtration industry.