What Affects My Indoor Air Quality?

Woman opening the windows at home and enjoying some fresh air.

No matter how well you keep your home here at the Jersey Shore, it likely contains at least a few airborne contaminants.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the best way to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) is by controlling the source of pollution in your home

Controlling the source is banning smoking indoors. It is staying on top of dusting and vacuuming to clean your living space, ductwork, and heating and cooling system. It includes running an exhaust fan when you cook on a gas stove—or switching to an electric model. 

You can employ countless strategies to stop indoor air pollution at its source, but you probably will not eliminate all contaminants in your Linwood home.

Professional assistance will help you reach your indoor air quality goals with a whole-house approach. At Broadley’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend and install products from Bryant, AprilAire, and RGF Environmental Group, which manufactures REME HALO® air purifiers, to give you the cleanest, healthiest environment possible in your home. 

Our family-run business has provided plumbing and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services to Jersey Shore homeowners since 1911.

What Lowers Your Indoor Air Quality?

Particles can become airborne and circulate through your home. Dust, pollen, dirt, insect parts, mold spores, smoke, pet dander, burning candles and incense, viruses and bacteria, and cooking are particle sources.

Household cleaners, hobby materials, and personal products may also emit particles.

Your gas stove is a source of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas that can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat and trigger bronchitis. Pressed wood products, glues, paints, pesticides, and many other household products may off-gas formaldehyde. 

The humidity level in your Linwood home also affects indoor air quality. Too much moisture in the air provides an environment for mold and mildew. Too little moisture can dry out your skin and sinuses, damage wood furniture and floors, and provide the perfect atmosphere for static electrical shocks.

The EPA recommends a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent.

How Can I Improve Indoor Air?

Controlling the source of pollution in your home is an essential step toward improving indoor air quality but is a piecemeal effort. A whole-house approach can significantly change the air you breathe indoors. 

Our qualified technicians at Broadley’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can recommend the best product for the indoor air quality problem you are experiencing in your Linwood home.

Here is a sampling:

  • A whole-house humidifier will pump moisture into dry indoor air during the winter heating season. A whole-house dehumidifier lowers high humidity levels.
  • An ultraviolet (UV) lamp placed near your HVAC equipment coils kills mold before it can build up and damage heating and cooling equipment. The UV light also kills bacteria and viruses that might circulate through your ductwork and into your living space. 
  • You can ventilate your home year-round without opening a window by installing a whole-house ventilator. These devices exhaust stale indoor air and bring outdoor air into your home. They filter and condition the incoming air so that it is clean and either warm or cool as it enters your home. 
  • Whole-house air purifiers reduce particles, viruses, and other contaminants with filters and technology. 

For example, Bryant’s Evolution purifier traps contaminants in a powerful, high-efficiency filter and zaps them with an electrical charge. REME HALO air purifier sits in your ductwork and produces and distributes hydrogen peroxide gas to your living space. The hydrogen peroxide purifies the air and surfaces, also causing particles to bond, making them easier to filter. 

Improve Your Indoor Air Today

Let Broadley’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning recommend the best solution to boost air quality in your Linwood, NJ, home. We install, repair, and maintain products that eliminate contaminants, provide ventilation, and maintain the appropriate humidity level. Call us at 609-875-2753 or request service