Poor indoor air quality in your Metairie, Louisiana, home can aggravate allergies and asthma and cause flu-like symptoms, skin irritation, and other unpleasant symptoms. Some of the most common indoor air pollutants are dust, dirt, mold, pet dander, pollen, and household chemicals like air fresheners or cleaning products. Fortunately, you can improve your indoor air quality and make your home healthier with a mechanical ventilator, an air purifier, or a dehumidifier that connects to your HVAC system.
A Mechanical Ventilator
Most HVAC systems don’t bring fresh air into your home. A mechanical ventilator — also called an energy recovery ventilator or ERV — can lower the concentration of pollutants in your home by removing stale air and replacing it with fresh, filtered air. Equipment like American Standard’s AccuExchange ERV can also save energy by heating or cooling fresh air before it comes into your home, similar to a heat pump. You can install it in your garage, attic, or basement.
An Air Purifier
Air purifiers, also called air cleaners, remove pollutants from your indoor air with filters that are more efficient than the air filters in most HVAC systems. Many types and sizes of air purifiers are available, from relatively inexpensive portable models to sophisticated whole-home systems. The AccuClean Whole-Home Air Filtration System from American Standard can catch particles as small as 0.1 microns. That means it even can remove most bacteria from the air.
A Humidifier or Dehumidifier
If the air in your home feels cold and dry in winter or warm and clammy in summer, you may need a humidifier or a dehumidifier. When the humidity is higher, the temperature feels warmer. The air also has more moisture in summer naturally. You can save energy and make your home more comfortable by using a dehumidifier in summer and a humidifier in winter. American Standard’s Platinum Humidifier automatically delivers the right humidity level for your home.
Bryans United Air Conditioning can help you install, maintain, and repair the devices you choose to make your home healthier, as well as a range of HVAC systems. Call us at 504-208-2071 for expert service.
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