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November 19, 2020
Have you spent a lot of time recently wondering how healthy the air around you is? You’re not alone—in these unpredictable times, the subject of outdoor and indoor air quality has taken off like few of us ever expected.
But while staying at home might be a smart precaution in the fight against the coronavirus, that doesn’t mean that your indoor air quality (IAQ) is any better than the air outside. In fact, indoor air has been found to contain 2-5 times the concentration levels of certain air pollutants than outdoor air. Now that winter is almost here and you’re almost certainly going to be spending more time cooped up inside, here’s what you need to know about the risks of unhealthy air in your house and the steps you can take for better IAQ for you and your family.
What’s Causing Poor Indoor Air Quality in Your Home?
Are you sneezing or coughing more often than usual in your home? Are your allergies or asthma acting up, or are you suffering from headaches or nausea? You might just dismiss these health issues as a seasonal bug or the common cold, but these are all actually symptoms of poor indoor air quality.
Air pollutants in your home can come from a variety of places—they can be brought in from outside, or they can originate inside and become more concentrated due to stagnant air in your house. Any of the following can cause health issues for your family:
Dirt and dust
VOCs (volatile organic chemicals)
Viruses and bacteria
Dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke—it’s pretty straightforward to understand where these come from. But did you know that using cleaning products can release VOCs into your air? Or that cooking and showering without proper ventilation can lead to high humidity and harmful mold growth? Or that your gas stove or furnace could be leaking deadly carbon monoxide into your home?
How to Find REAL Indoor Air Pollution Solutions
If you’ve spent much time scrolling through the website looking for “indoor air quality solutions,” it’s likely that you’ve found a few sites offering advice that’s either not terribly useful (“keep your home clean” well, duh...) or just plain false (no, adding house plants won’t make any meaningful difference in your indoor air quality, and nope, neither will those candles).
In reality, the best way to fight back against indoor air pollutants is with real HVAC solutions, and some of the best are in-duct air purifiers. The iWave line of air purifiers, including the iWave-C and the iWave-R, are installed out of sight inside your ductwork. They use needle-point bi-polar ionization to target all different kinds of air pollutants, and as polluted air circulates through your system, iWave air purifiers work to help break down, kill off, or filter out harmful pollutants, gasses, viruses, mold, bacteria, allergens, pollen, and more.
In-duct air purifiers really are a set-it-and-forget-it tool to fight back against unhealthy air, and while they may not be a cure-all for every kind of air pollutant, the iWave-C and iWave-R can help improve the indoor air quality in your home, offering:
Easy installation in any air conditioning or heating system
Help Improve Your Residential Indoor Air Quality with Kearney
If you’re interested in creating a healthier indoor environment for your family, Kearney HVAC offers a number of indoor air quality solutions to help. Every North Shore and Seacoast home is different, and our team of HVAC and air quality experts will work with you to get to the bottom of your air quality issues and find the right solution, from air purifiers to whole home humidifiers and dehumidifiers and more.