Air Quality

Benefits of Indoor Air Purification

Indoor air is five times more polluted than outdoor air, and we spend 90% of our time indoors. Yet we seem more worried about outdoor air quality. It’s no surprise that a growing body of research is showing the link between poor indoor air quality and poor health.

Read our blog post: Fighting Viruses with Air Purification for Your HVAC System

Your furnace filter isn’t doing what you think it is

Contrary to what you may think, the 1 inch disposable filter you likely have in your furnace is designed to prevent large particles from clogging up your coil, blower and furnace components, not to clean your indoor air. The particles in the indoor air that make you sick are much smaller — particles like dust, smoke and bacteria are often .3 microns or less. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat.

Expert Allergy Tips

Experts suggest the following tips to controlling allergens in indoor air:

  • Control dust mites
  • Eliminate mold sources
  • Stay smoke-free
  • Avoid pet dander
  • Close doors and windows to keep pollens, molds and irritants outside.
  • Install a whole-house air cleaner

Whole-house air cleaners filter out small particles that make you sick

Research collected by the Berkeley National Lab confirms that “there appears to be a considerable potential to prevent premature deaths and reduce adverse health effects though improved particle filtration in buildings.” Unlike portable room air cleaners, whole house air cleaners are part of your existing heating and cooling system.

An effective whole-house air cleaner can remover up to 99.98% of the airborne particles that trigger asthma and allergy attacks — including dust, pollen, dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.

Coastal Heat Pumps offers a complete line of whole-home air cleaners, including the industry-leading lines from Sanuvox, York, Carrier and more.

UV and UVC Germicidal Lights

Your furnace’s indoor coil is a vital part of your heating and cooling system, but it’s also a magnet for mold and bacteria that can affect your system’s efficiency, reduce airflow and maybe even become airborne. Mold and bacteria like to grow in this kind of dark, moist environment. What they don’t like is ultraviolet light. To them, it’s a killer.

UV lamps reduce the microbial build-up on coils, improving system efficiency and, most importantly, keeping mold and bacteria out of your system. Combined with an air cleaner, these two options will provide maximum air hygiene for your home.

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