This may be the most-often ignored component of IAQ. The problem we deal with in Colorado is dry air. It makes the heat of the summer more tolerable. The cold winter air is even drier. The results are things like static electricity, dry skin & nasal passages, and even cracked woodwork and hardwood floors. Most importantly, dry air is proven to aid in the spread of viruses, including the flu. Builder’s can install whole-house humidifiers by Aprilaire and Honeywell.
We’re all familiar with air filters on car engines or your furnace filters. They are designed to remove small particles from the air. HVAC filters receive a MERV rating between 1 and 16. The higher the number, the smaller particles it will trap. But Builder’s wants to warn you, the higher number is not always better. Some filters can restrict airflow so much your heating or cooling system will not work correctly. The best thing is to ask our experts which MERV rating is best for your systems. Builder’s features air filtration systems by Honeywell.
Air Purification & Decontamination
It’s important to remember filters only remove particulates. If you want to purify the air and kill things like viruses and bacteria, the best choice is a system using ultraviolet light (UV). One of the best is the in-duct REME HALOⓇ featured by Builder’s. We also recommend ultraviolet purification systems by Honeywell.
Carbon Monoxide Detection
While it can’t be removed with filters or destroyed with ultraviolet light, no conversation about IAQ is complete without mentioning this deadly gas. You can’t -see, smell or taste it, but it can build up in enclosed spaces in your home. Carbon monoxide is produced by any fuel-burning device. If your home doesn’t have carbon monoxide detectors, you should talk with Builder’s about installing them.
You should also have your fuel-burning devices tested at least once a year. It takes well-trained technicians with the proper equipment to measure the exact CO levels in your home. They know where to look for possible leaks and how to test faulty equipment that could be putting you and your family in danger.