Did you know that your indoor air can be 5 times more polluted than the outside air? Unfortunately, indoor air can be recycled and stagnant. Therefore, we can be breathing the same air as a sick family member or colleague. This is because the majority of HVAC systems only recirculate indoor air in the effort to reduce the amount of energy used.

What are airborne pollutants? Pollutants can consist of pollen, mold, dust mites and dander. All these irritants can cause nose, throat, lung and eye irritations. Allergies may even form. An efficient way to deal with these issues is changing your air filter regularly, at least every 8 to 12 weeks. A new, clean filter can catch pollutants more successfully.  Having your HVAC system inspected and cleaned once in the fall and once in the spring can have positive effects on your health.  Just because you may not be able to see your ductwork, vents and coils don’t mean they are not working hard behind the scenes for you! Keeping the components of your system clean will allow the system to work at an energy efficient level, keeping your power bill down and ensure you have fresh air circulating.

Some consumers are installing UV lights in the duck work of their air handler or HVAC system. It is thought that the UV lights can eradicate different bacteria, pathogens, and certain viruses.  If you smoke in your house, the lights can even alter the organic compounds found in smoke.  Consider these lights to be the first line of defense in your house working for your health.

HVAC systems will keep you warm and cool in your home or businesses, but with a little bit of attention, they can also keep your respiratory health in high form.