Indoor air quality is important, especially for those who have allergies or are immune-compromised. If you smoke in your home, an indoor air purification system is a must. Not all ductless HVAC systems automatically clean air or draw in fresh air from outside. In winter, the lack of fresh air ventilation can decrease indoor air quality.
4 Ways to Enhance Indoor Air Quality
1. Install an Air Cleaner/Purifier
An effective way to purify indoor air and keep allergens at a minimum is to install an air cleaner that works separately from your ductless HVAC system. Air purifiers use filters, ultraviolet light, or an ionization process to clear impurities, such as dust mites, mold spores, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. Choose from small, portable models for one room or systems for the whole house. Models come with different levels of filtration, so consult a professional dealer before you buy one.
2. Use HEPA Filters With Your Ductless HVAC System
You can also purify air by using a HEPA filter with your regular or ductless HVAC system, which will significantly reduce the allergens in your home. Your system may have to be modified to accept the thicker HEPA filters, but this is a one-time cost that’s worth the increased indoor air quality. Using an existing system offers filters that are easy to replace, and it can be used any season. New HVAC installations may come with HEPA filtration, so if you’re getting a new system, choose this option.
3. Remove the Pollutant
If installing new equipment isn’t an option, the best way to eliminate a pollutant from the air is to remove the substance itself. Gas appliances, like stoves, can be adjusted to decrease emissions, while substances like asbestos may be sealed in some cases. The EPA recommends source control as the most direct way to impact indoor air quality.
4. Increase Ventilation
An easy way to improve indoor air is to increase ventilation. Opening windows and doors can remove smoke, odors, and VOCs produced by painting or other DIY projects. This method is impractical in very hot or cold weather due to the amount of energy needed to re-cool or heat the room.
Consult your local ductless HVAC system specialists about indoor air cleaning products and filters. Glastonbury Burner & Boiler serves Glastonbury, CT, and surrounding areas with a variety of indoor air quality products. From air cleaners to UV lights and carbon monoxide alarms, their product line will help you achieve the level of indoor air quality you desire. Call (860) 659-4120 for more information or visit the website to see a full range of products and services.