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How To Tell If Your Lowcountry Home’s Indoor Air Quality Is Below Standard

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Indoor air quality is one of the most important aspects of a home, but it’s not something most actively think about.  People spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, so it’s essential to have the best air quality possible.

What problems do you need to look out for? What can you do to improve the quality of air in your home?


What Impacts Air Quality in the Home?

Indoor air quality is how we measure how clean or polluted the air in any given space is. Outdoors, it is much easier to tell when air quality is poor. You may notice an odor or even see particles floating in the air. Weather apps often let you know when the quality is poor, making it easy to plan to avoid less-than-ideal air conditions.

Air quality is slightly harder to identify in the home, especially as we spend so much time indoors and gradually become “nose blind” to any smells that may indicate poor air quality.

Indoor air quality is impacted by a wide variety of factors, including the following.

  • Appliances
  • Home building materials
  • Open windows and doors
  • Moisture
  • Dust
  • Lack of airflow

Any or all of these can be factors if you suspect the quality of air in your home to be decreasing.


Dangers of Poor Air Quality

Poor air quality might seem like a small issue, but over time this can cause major, sometimes life-threatening, problems. Common pollutants include pollen, mold, dust, lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide, pesticides, smoke, pet hair, and other airborne allergens.

Anyone living in a home with poor air quality is potentially in danger. However, the elderly, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible. People who suffer from asthma and other cardio-respiratory illnesses are more likely to suffer from a lack of quality air.

Symptoms may be mild and result in a small headache or eye irritation. If left untreated, poor air quality may cause cancer in some extreme cases.


Common Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Now that we know about the dangers of living in a home with poor air quality, it’s important to be able to identify common signs that the quality is less than ideal.


1. Unpleasant Smell

Have you ever walked into your home after a few hours away and noticed a less-than-pleasant smell? Does the air feel stagnant and stale? Pest infestations, debris buildup in ducts or drains, stagnant air, and dust on surfaces can all cause undesirable smells.

If your home’s air systems are working well air should be flowing and constantly circulating around the home. This helps reduce the possibility of moisture buildup and prevents unpleasant smells.

Want a simple trick to tell if your air is circulating properly? If you can still smell last night’s dinner you cooked a day later, you need to get your system checked.


2. Cold Symptoms That Linger

Poor air quality symptoms are often misdiagnosed as a cold or flu. Symptoms including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes or throat, and dizziness are also indicators of poor air quality.

Write your symptoms down and take note of how long they last. If these symptoms linger for a week or more, it might not be a cold you’re suffering from. It’s important to pay attention to where they are the most severe.

Are your symptoms better when you leave the house? Are they worse in the morning after spending all night breathing polluted air? Or are your symptoms worse at work? You need to know where your symptoms get triggered to determine whether it’s your home’s air quality or somewhere else.


3. Dust Buildup Around Vents

Take a close look at the air vents around your home. Is there a layer of dust on any or all of them? You may also notice a layer of dust on nearby surfaces. This is a common indicator the level of air pollutants is high in your home.

Next, you’ll want to check the air system’s filter. If dust accumulates heavily one month after replacing it, you probably have a higher-than-normal amount of dust and other pollutants in your home.

Unfortunately, if you have dust buildup, you might also experience mold buildup, especially if your air is stagnant. Air that doesn’t circulate well often holds more moisture and can create conditions that invite mold and mildew to invade.


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Even the cleanest of people experience poor indoor air quality. Whenever you suspect this is happening, it’s best to check for the above signs. Once you establish that you do in fact have this problem, there are several things you should do as soon as possible.


Get Your Ducts Inspected

The simplest way to tell if you have clogged air ducts is with an inspection conducted by professionals. When you notice dust accumulation, stale air, or dirty filters, schedule an inspection to get to the root of the problem as quickly as possible.


Invest in Effective Air Purifiers

Air purifiers are an effective solution for cleaning the air inside homes or businesses. They sanitize the air of pollutants including pollen, allergens, and toxins. There are many different types to choose from based on your needs.

In-duct air purifiers clean the air from the source inside your system while LED air purifiers use light to eliminate pollutants. No matter which type you choose, you can use this tool to keep the air in your home much cleaner without having to lift a finger.


Replace Filters Often

To stay ahead of any problems, it’s best to check your filters once a month. This allows you to notice when the filters need changing and when it may be time for your system to be cleaned by a professional.


Do You Feel More Prepared?

Staying safe and healthy is a number one priority, especially during these unprecedented times. Keeping your indoor air quality clean is essential. If you think your house will benefit from a professional cleaning, schedule a consultation with a local heating and air company today.

Need other HVAC upgrades or repairs? Don’t hesitate to reach out with any other questions or concerns relating your heating and air conditioning system.

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What Is An Ultraviolet Air Purifier? (And Do They Work?)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many area homeowners and business owners are looking at more advanced ways of keeping their homes and businesses safe from airborne pathogens.

One of those advanced methods of air purification many are now researching are ultraviolet light (UV) air purification.

UV light air purifying technology has been around for some time now, but with the recent uptick in questions involving this technology below is a quick rundown of how it works, the pros and cons of using UV light air purification and a highly recommended model for Lowcountry residents.


How UV Air Purifiers Work

As the name suggests, ultraviolet air purifiers use ultraviolet light to damage the DNA of airborne pathogens like bacteria, viruses and mold — causing them to self-destruct, making them harmless.

This is a similar process that occurs when you get a sunburn at the beach. UV light from the sun damages the DNA in your skin cells, which causes redness and swelling.

When installed in your heating, ventilating and cooling system’s ductwork, air is forced through the UV air purifier before being pushed into your home or business, thus purifying nearly every cubic inch of air that passes through your system and helping reduce those airborne pathogens.


Pros & Cons Of UV Air Purifiers

The biggest advantage of installing a UV air purifier has to be the ability to reduce and/or help eliminate different airborne contaminants, simply by installing one in your home’s HVAC system. While your home’s built-in air filtration can help eliminate things like dust and other larger particles, working together with an ultraviolet purifier adds that extra layer of protection that many homeowners are now seeking.

One cause for concern with UV air purifiers is that they can produce ozone, which is harmful for humans when exposed to high levels.

Many UV air purifier manufacturers have accounted for this ozone production by improving technology using various methods to reduce — and as you’ll see below — nearly eliminate any ozone production.


What Is The Best UV Air Purifier?

A few weeks ago we reviewed some general air purifying basics, and included brief description of the HALO-LED Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier, which still stands as one of the most requested air purifiers we currently install.

The biggest reason for this being the HALO-LED’s highly effective air purifying, UV technology — that is both mercury-free (many other UV light purifiers use mercury lamps to produce UV light) and is zero ozone compliant. This means that you can get some of the highest level of air purifying technology without any of the usual byproducts produced by many other air purifiers.

We sincerely hope that you stay safe and healthy for as long as this pandemic lasts, but if you have any questions about air purification for your home or business in Charleston, feel free to contact us today.

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How Air Purifiers Work And Why The HALO-LED Model May Be The Best One Yet

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

A few weeks ago we touched on a few quick, simple ways to improve the indoor air quality in your Lowcountry home, with one of those ways being the installation of a whole-home air purifier.

In this week’s post we’re going to dig into a little more detail on air purifying technology, the latest innovations in the indoor air quality industry and give you a quick rundown on the HALO-LED model by RGF Environmental Group.

Different Types Of Air Purifiers: Passive vs. Active

Air purifiers generally come in two different styles: active or passive.

Passive air purifying technology you’ll probably be much more familiar with, with the primary example being your home’s air filter in your HVAC system.

In today’s post, though, we’ll be focusing on active air purifying technologies. The “active” part of this technology refers to the air purifier using more advanced technology to go on the offensive — in a sense — against indoor air pollutants.

Active air purifiers use a few different types of technology to remove particles from the air, with ionizers and ozone generators being some of the more commonly used types.

Ozone vs. Ionizing Air Filters

Ozone generators have many industrial and commercial air and water cleaning applications, as they create ozone molecules that interact with air pollutants, producing a chemical reaction which neutralizes those pollutants.

However, with ozone also coming with certain health risks, manufacturers and consumers tend to lean toward ionizing air purifiers.

Ionizing air purifiers use technology to charge the particles in the air, making them stick to nearby surfaces or specialized plates which then neutralize them via a variety of methods.

What Makes The HALO-LED Model Different

Even though ionizing air purifiers are generally a bit safer to use than ozone generators, they still can indirectly product the harmful ozone mentioned above.

What sets the HALO-LED model apart is effectiveness in producing the desired oxidizing effects and particle neutralization while being zero ozone compliant or producing any other harmful byproduct.

This is done using UV light technology coupled with self-cleaning ionizers, which work in combination to reduce airborne and surface microbial, bacteria, viruses, mold, odors allergens, dust and more indoor air pollutants.

The HALO-LED also conveniently fits into your existing ductwork, working in combination with your HVAC system to effectively treat every cubic inch of air conditioned space in your Lowcountry home.

Air purifying technology and studies have come a long way over the years, and with RGF’s HALO-LED whole-home in-duct model, it’s taken another large leap forward.

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5 Quick, Simple Ways To Improve The Indoor Air Quality In Your Lowcountry Home

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations — a fact that can be somewhat upsetting given that most of us spend a large percentage of our time indoors.

If left untreated, pollutants and allergens in your indoor air like dust, mold, pet dander, lead, ozone, pesticides, cleaning chemical compounds and more can end up in our bodies and can ultimately lead to various health defects (asthma & other respiratory diseases) in many cases.

Unfortunately, here in the Lowcountry some of these indoor air quality cases can be compounded by our year-round humidity levels and our extended time indoors escaping the summertime heat.

Fortunately, though, listed below are 5 simple ways that you can quickly improve your Lowcountry home’s air quality and help fend off those pollutants.

1. Vacuum, Mop Regularly & Use A Floor Mat

Many of your home’s indoor air pollutants and allergens can end up settling in your home’s various dust particles, so keeping things tidy by vacuuming — then mopping — can help keep those allergen-filled dust particles from ending up in your body.

Your floor mats aren’t just for decoration, either. Many of the outdoor pollutants and dust particles can become indoor pollutants quickly when people track them into your house, so adding a few around your home’s entrances can help collect those before they make their way into your home. (And remember to clean those mats regularly as well.)

2. Keep Indoor Humidity Down

Nobody likes their home’s air to be muggy and full of moisture. It’s not only uncomfortable to live in, but also creates a breeding ground for mold, dust mites and other indoor air pollutants. Most Lowcountry homes are already equipped with built-in humidity reducers: air conditioners (or heat pumps).

Even with an air conditioner installed, however, if it is not sized or configured correctly you can end up with more moisture in your home than you would want, so be sure to keep track of humidity levels even when your system is running the most.

3. Change Your Air Filters Regularly

Your HVAC system’s air filters are a vital defense against indoor air pollutants, but if they’re not changed or cleaned regularly those air pollutants can settle in your ductwork and even build up on the wrong side of your air filter.

Both of those situations can wreak havoc on your home’s indoor air quality which is the opposite effect of your air filter’s purpose.

On top of this, a clogged up air filter can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently — something that can drive up your monthly energy bill.

4. Sign Up For An Annual HVAC Maintenance Plan

More of an indirect way of improving indoor air quality, but having an experienced, local HVAC company come out a few times a year to inspect your system can help you catch any unwanted sources of indoor air pollutants coming from your system.

An annual maintenance plan can also help you catch the humidity or air filter issues mentioned above as well, so be sure to ask your heating and air company in Charleston about their maintenance plans and rates.

5. Install A Whole-Home, In-Duct Air Purifier

While the above listed air quality-improvement steps above can go a long way toward making your indoor air quality better, something more homeowners in Charleston are adding are whole-home in-duct air purifiers like the HALO-LED™ In-Duct Air Purifier into their HVAC system.

These types of air filters use advanced filtration, ultra-violet (UV) technology to remove airborne contaminants from your home’s air. They’re installed directly into the ductwork of your HVAC system and turn on automatically when your system kicks on, ensuring nearly every cubic inch of air in your home gets treated.

We hope you take the steps to make your home and family’s indoor air quality better this year and if you follow the above listed ways, you’ll be well on your way to a better air quality this year.

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