First we must control where your air is coming from. Leaks from outside pull in air from crawlspaces, attics, basements and other undesirable locations. This is called infiltration and it is one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution.
Think of the air in your house like water. If your water came through the basement foundation or up from your dirty crawl space you most certainly would not drink it would you? Then why would you breathe air that comes from the same dirty places? By insulating and air-sealing your house we can reduce or eliminate infiltration and then we can bring in fresh air through intentional mechanical ventilation. The phrase we like to use is “Build it tight and vent it right!”
The second way we address indoor air quality is through adding accessories to your home’s heating and cooling system to filter, purify and properly humidify or dehumidify your air. Several of our most popular accessories are detailed below.
This system allows us to bring in fresh air from outside while filtering it and controlling its temperature. In colder climates where buildings have gotten much tighter by code they now mandate that all homes have fresh air ventilation like an ERV.
These UV light systems kill microorganisms within your ductwork. Mold, viruses and other germs are eliminated from the air as it passes by the UV light, helping to keep colds and allergies from plaguing your family. With the addition of carbon, this product eliminates odors leaving your house with fresh, clean air.
Proper humidification is critical for a healthy, comfortable home. The ideal humidity for most people is 46%, but many of homes in Kentucky range from a high of 70% in the summer to a low of 15% in the winter.
High humidity leaves us susceptible to mold and other dangerous fungi. Dust mites, which cause allergic reactions in almost all human beings, thrive in high humidity. Excessively low humidity, on the other hand, causes dry skin issues and can dry your eyes and nasal passages – leaving you more prone to colds and flu.
Wide fluctuations in humidity are most likely caused by a leaky house, so this is another area where air sealing can help. Once we have addressed the home’s air leaks, we may need to humidify in the winter and dehumidify in the summer to get us to that healthy range of 40%-60%. In many cases we can dehumidify your home with a properly sized air conditioner but some cases require a separate dehumidifier to be added to your duct system.
We have many products available that will clean your air even beyond the levels that hospitals use, but for most of us a deep-paper cartridge filter is all we need. Electronic air cleaners are very nice for the family that needs the extra filtration for severe allergies or for someone with an illness or a compromised immune system.
Synergy Home proudly provides HVAC, Solar, Geothermal, Insulation and crawlspace encapsulation service to Lexington, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Versailles and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 859-687-0553, or request service online today.