If you’re prone to coughing and sneezing attacks inside your own home, doesn’t that kind of the tarnish the whole “your home is your oasis” metaphor?
In fact, dozens and dozens of our patients live in perfectly comfortable homes and yet feel like they have a perpetual cold. Except that they don’t. Because in most cases, they’re dealing with the ill effects of polluted indoor air.
According to the EPA, indoor air is, on average, twice as polluted as outdoor air. How does that track with your personal experiences? As in, do you pretty much feel better everywhere except at home? If so, you may be a candidate for a whole-house air filtration system.
There are two main types: HEPA filters and UV-light systems. HEPA filtration systems are installed inside your ductwork and trap up to 99% and more of airborne pollutants before they reach your living spaces. That means the virtual elimination of dust, bacteria, flu viruses, VOCs, and other contaminants while your forced air heating or AC system is operating.
Another great option is a UV (Ultraviolet) indoor air quality lamp system.
Businesses, hospitals, government institutions and homeowners alike have been employing this technology since its inception to help neutralize the effects of “sick building syndrome”.
A UV light is installed in the return or main supply of your duct system where it emits a strong, yet perfectly safe, light. This light generates negative hydroxyl ions which remove pollutants from surfaces and the air. That purified air then continues to pass through your duct work before being released into your living space.
More than that, your lamp system will emit light rays directly into your home to destroy the DNA of bacteria and viruses, thus preventing from them duplicating themselves and further polluting your air. UV lamp systems are also effective at removing unpleasant odors.
Contact your HVAC contractor to learn more about how to improve your indoor air quality. In the meantime, if you’re struggling with the symptoms of allergies or asthma and need medical attention, MedCare Express is open 7 days a week to diagnose and treat the problem.
Call to schedule an appointment or walk into our clinic any day of the week, 8 AM to 8 PM, weekends included.