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Just How Healthy Is the Air You Breathe Indoors?


Without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, it may not be all that great! In fact, your air quality could be worse than that of outdoors. This is particularly true if you have a home that was built in the last few decades. Our modern homes are built very “tightly,” which allows for no conditioned air to escape out.

This is fantastic news for your heating and cooling system use, since it helps your HVAC systems work more efficiently. But it’s not such good news if you suffer from allergies. With no air escaping, it also means that contaminants such as pollen, dirt, dust, and pet dander don’t have a way out. Even the healthiest person can be negatively impacted by poor indoor air quality.

“I’m Fine Since My HVAC Has An Air Filter, Right?”

Well, not quite. The purpose of the air filter that comes standard within your air conditioner or heater is to protect the system itself from that debris and those contaminants. The filter is at the intake, so any contaminants that are already in the home get sucked toward the air conditioner along with the hot air from your home—but the contaminants don’t go any further.

So while this minimally helps improve your indoor air quality, as long as your changing out that air filter every 1-3 months, it doesn’t help actually eliminate the contaminants from your home. Plus, improving air quality is not the intended purpose of a basic air filter.

Consider Whole-House Air Filtration

When you think of an air filtration system or an air purifier, you may envision a small tabletop unit you can purchase online or from a hardware store. These units aren’t a bad idea for a single room, however they won’t give you any significant results. Rather, you should have a whole house air filtration or air purifier system professionally installed.

Why is this so beneficial? Because:

It Is Cost-Effective: Small, portable air purifiers or air filtration systems can handle a room or two, but this would mean you’d have to purchase many units to filter out the air in your whole home.

Additionally, you won’t have to worry about replacing the filters in and maintaining several portable air purifiers or air cleaners. Rather, you only have one system, which is integrated directly into your HVAC system, that can be accessed and maintained by our professionals.

It’s Convenient: Whole-house air filtration systems and air purifiers can typically be integrated right into your HVAC system or its ductwork, as we alluded to above. This means you don’t need to worry about any space being taken up by portable units, nor do you need to worry about the noise associated with portable systems.

Additionally, you’ll have uniform air quality throughout your home, day in and day out. While an air filtration system can’t mitigate some serious issues, like a mold infestation, the installation of other types of air purifiers—like a UV air purifier—can help with that.

To learn more about air filtration systems in Santa Fe, NM, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today!

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