Basic Information About Indoor Air Quality
A standard 1-inch furnace filter captures a limited amount of airborne particles. Deep pleated filters take several square feet of filtration material and fold it over and over to provide a greater surface area of filtration material than standard 1-inch filters. This results in highly effective cleaning efficiency against even the smallest particles.
The Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner is an advanced and easy-to-use solution for the entire house that captures and filters up to 98 percent of airborne pollutants that pass through your heating and cooling system. This advanced air cleaner captures microscopic impurities including dust, smoke and smog particles as well as larger particles like mold spores and pet dander. It works by placing an electric charge on airborne particles, and then collects the charged pollutants like a magnet. It means you can bid farewell to replacing filters each month by simply washing the air cleaner cells in your dishwasher or sink.
High-Efficiency Particle Arresting is the standard that achieves 99.9 percent air filtration. The Honeywell Whole-House HEPA Air Cleaner provides powerful, three-stage filtration to deliver the cleanest air possible throughout a home.
In humid climates, mold and mildew can form in the damp recesses of air conditioning coils. This can cause unhealthy particles to flow through the air and reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency. When installed into your home’s heating and cooling system, Honeywell Ultraviolet Air Treatment systems zap surface mold and certain airborne bacteria that pass by the UV light to make sure they don’t thrive in your duct system and transfer to your home’s air.
(Source, The Indoor Environments Division (IED), located within the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA), under the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), is responsible for implementing EPA’s Indoor Environments Program)
What Causes Indoor Air Problems?
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the main cause of indoor air quality issues in homes.
The lack of enough ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air and failing to carry indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperatures and humidity can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
Immediate effects may show up after one or more exposures. These include eye, nose and throat irritation, as well as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment involves eliminating the person’s exposure to the identified pollution source. Symptoms of some diseases such as asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and humidifier fever also have been known to appear after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.
The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on multiple factors. Age and preexisting medical conditions are two influences. In other cases, whether a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity, which varies enormously among individuals. Some people become sensitized to biological pollutants after repeated exposure, and it appears that some become sensitized to chemical pollutants, too.
Certain immediate symptoms are comparable to colds and viral diseases, so it can be difficult to determine whether indoor air pollution is to blame. Because of this, it’s important to be mindful of the time and place symptoms occur. Symptoms that fade or go away when a person is away from home may be an indicator of air quality issues. Some effects may worsen due to an inadequate supply of exterior air or from heating, cooling or humidity conditions prevalent in the home.