Indoor Air Quality in 4 Parts
The Quality of the Air you and your family breathe (IAQ) is comprised of 4 components, and these four factors work together to make sure that your family stays well all year long.
The RH or Relative Humidity in your home can impact asthma, allergies, and other conditions. Dry homes have a higher incidence of colds and flu. If you notice static shock, cracks in the floorboards, creaky furniture, chipped paint, or dry skin and sinuses–especially in the wintertime or in dry climates–your home may be too dry. Alternatively, your home may be too humid if you notice in the summertime or in moist climates if you notice a lingering musty smell and condensation on windows or mirrors. You may also notice the wood in your home is swelling–think of doors that are hard to open or close.
Bringing fresh air into your home is crucial to a healthy environment! Stale air leads to higher relative humidity, as well as increased concentration of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Families who use quality, properly fitted air filters in their home – and replace them regularly throughout the year – are more likely to reap the benefits of superior indoor air quality. That cleaner air will go a long way toward helping your family enjoy a happy, healthy home that’s resistant to respiratory irritants, asthma triggers, allergens and serious long-term conditions.MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is the rating measurement system used for whole home solutions–MERV16 being the highest. The higher the number, the more efficient the air filter, based on how small of an air particle they can pull from the air.
Just like dirty water, dirty air poses a significant health risk. Using air purification protects your family from allergens, mold spores, dust mites, and viruses. Consider this, just one cubic foot of indoor air can have more than 30 million pollutants – that’s 100 times more than the air outside. Not just that, but about 40,000 dust mites can live in just one ounce of dust, which contributes to health conditions like asthma and allergies.
Being comfortable year round in your home is a key component to wellness and happiness. Using Wi-Fi and zoned controls can help you do so while preserving energy efficiency. When looking for a thermostat for your home, strongly consider the benefits of a programmable WiFi thermostat. A programmable WiFi thermostat like Aprilaire’s 8920W gives you more control by letting you input your ideal settings while allowing your thermostat to do the rest. This can cover settings for temperature, humidity, whole home air purification and ventilation, which can automatically adjust throughout the day. This ensures your healthy home’s indoor air quality is at its peak year-round.
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