Today’s energy-efficient homes are constructed to keep as much cooled or heated air inside as possible; this is great for saving money on energy bills, but can mean that pollutants remain trapped in your home, circulating in the air you breathe and contaminating your ventilation system. Indoor airborne contaminants are extremely common in Cleveland and elsewhere in Northeast Ohio; they may be a result of outdoor allergens entering the home (such as pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and algae) or are produced inside (such as dust particles, pet dander, tobacco smoke, and even carcinogenic chemicals produced by appliances and other household items).
You would be surprised how quickly pollutants can accumulate; for example, it is estimated that the average American family produces upwards of 40 pounds of dust every year! Routinely breathing in airborne contaminants can lead to long-term health problems, such as severe allergies, asthma attacks, and respiratory infections. The good news is that an air cleaning system can allow you to take control of your home’s air quality. Common clean air solutions include:
- Mechanical filters such as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) systems that capture particles from the air via filtration materials
- Electronic air cleaners that use a process called electrostatic attraction to trap charged particles
- Gas-phase air filters that use materials such as activated carbon to absorb gaseous air pollutants like carbon monoxide
- State-of-the-art ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) and photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) cleaners that use UV light technology to destroy air pollutants
If you suspect that your health problems are related to in-home air contaminants, you need the services of a certified Cleveland air quality technician.
If you have already purchased an air cleaner, the best thing you can do is hire a certified technician to professionally install it for you. Air cleaners are unwieldy and complicated pieces of equipment, and it is a bad idea to try to install one without proper training; mistakes made during the installation process can plague your unit for years, have a negative impact on its long-term operation, and even be downright unsafe.
The team at Verne & Ellsworth Hann is bonded, insured, and licensed in Ohio to provide a range of professional clean air solutions for any budget. We are proud to offer only the highest quality air purification and filtration products from respected name brand companies. We have years of experience in installing whole-home systems in tandem with heating and cooling units to dramatically improve the quality of indoor air. Verne & Ellsworth Hann also offers maintenance and repair of existing air cleaning systems, regardless of who installed them or how old they are.