The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

According to the ALA (American Lung Association) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the average person spends between 60-90 percent of their time indoors. Most indoor air quality problems involve the heating and air conditioning duct system. In fact, a survey taken recently shows 10 percent of Americans never change the air filters in their home. Proper yearly maintenance of these vital indoor air systems can add years to your equipment while helping you and your family breathe clean, fresh, and purified air. According to the LCES (Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service), 9 out of 10 heating and air system failures are caused by dust and dirt. Once all the dust gets into the air ducts and vents, it spreads throughout the home mixing in with the air you breathe. Due to the rise in people people diagnosed with asthma, now 1 in 9, the EPA labeled indoor air quality as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.

The EPA states that the three most important methods to improving indoor air quality are source removal, air cleaning, and increased ventilation. One Hour Heating Northern Illinois has solutions to solve indoor air quality problems, making it safe for you and your family to breathe freely in your home. The first way is to clear the already present dust, dirt, and dander out of your home with a duct cleaning. According to Discover Magazine, the average 6 bedroom home generates 40 pounds of dust yearly. This means the average American ingests around 2 tablespoons of contaminated airborne particles every day.

The duct cleaning gets rid of all the dust inside the ducts, but doesn’t do much in terms of preventative maintenance. For preventative maintenance, One Hour Heating Northern Illinois gives the homeowner a variety of good options. The two best options are generally with a MicroPower Guard and/or the OxyQuantum system. The MicroPower Guard is 97 percent effective at filtering particles at .3 microns out of the air. The MicroPower Guard is easy to maintain and gives excellent control over large and submicronic particles, as well as allergens. Because it is electro-statically charged, it increases efficiency as it loads. Similar to your television, it attracts the smallest particles because it is electrically charged. The MicroPower Guard is used extensively in air cleaning applications such as hospitals, labs, nursing homes, restaurants, office buildings, etc.

Another great option for your home is the OxyQuantum system. The OxyQuantum system uses a special UV light that kills bacteria in your home within the duct system itself. The OxyQuantum system is uniquely designed and engineered to drastically reduce the presence of airborne germs such as mold and fungus, along with the infectious germs that cause illness. This product is duct mounted on the central heating and air conditioning system. The micro-organisms are then killed or damaged from exposure to the UV energy produced from the lamps.

Do you find yourself dusting your home too often?

Does anyone in your home have asthma?

Call One Hour Heating Northern Illinois today!


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