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Indoor Air Quality Solutions When Summer Allergy Season Peaks

Indoor Air Quality Solutions When Summer Allergy Season Peaks

Today’s well-sealed homes often come at the price of indoor air quality. In pursuit of increased energy efficiency, new homes have been more tightly constructed, and existing homes have been extensively weatherized. The good news is that these air-tight structures save money by keeping conditioned air inside. Unfortunately, they also keep allergens in your indoor air cooped up, too. Every time an exterior door is opened, microscopic contaminants enter the home on air currents. Over time, they may accumulate to levels where, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, household air becomes as much as 100 times more polluted than outdoor air.

Airborne allergens at home are more than an issue of concentration. Exposure is also a major factor. While exposure to outdoor sources may be limited by avoiding certain locales or seasons, you can’t avoid your own house. Since 60 percent of the 30,000 breaths you take every day are at home, you and your family are guaranteed a sustained, daily dosage of concentrated contaminants.

Portable room air cleaners address indoor air quality issues in several ways. Some utilize the simple principle of static electricity to capture tiny particulates. Others use ionization to give airborne particles a negative or positive electrical charge, then capture them on oppositely charged collector grids.

Whole-house air cleaners mount inside the return air ducts of your heating and cooling system and continuously filter circulating air. Unlike portable units that are limited to individual rooms, a whole-house purification system treats the entire quantity of air in your living spaces many times per day as it is conveyed through the ducts. Whole-house units incorporate highly efficient filters to effectively remove mold, pollen, dust mites and other allergens down to a size of 0.3 microns. In addition to mechanical filtration, many whole-house air cleaners utilize germicidal ultraviolet lights to destroy living microorganisms and sterilize the air.

Climate Control Company has been safeguarding the interior air quality of western Colorado residents since 1956. Let us show you how we can accomplish that with a track record of proven expertise.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, please visit our website.     

Climate Control Company services Aspen, Vail and the surrounding Western slope communities in Colorado.

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