Dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, allergies, asthma and other respiratory illness . . . in fact there are many reasons why you should consider installing an Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Purifier. With flu season around the corner and seasonal allergies that have become not so seasonal, I’ve been researching the benefits of a whole home air filtration system, and what I have learned has completely changed my perspective of indoor air quality.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollutants may cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness and even fatigue. Although these symptoms are usually short-term, prolonged exposure to air pollutants may lead to more severe and long-term illness such as asthma, upper respiratory infections and hypersensitivity pneumonia.
This is how dirty our air filter was!
Last summer I started having flu-like symptoms such as headaches, body aches, dizziness and I feeling extremely fatigued. Every morning I would wake up feeling awful but once I arrived at work I started feeling better. This continued for several days until I eventually realized that not only did I feel awful in the mornings, but that my symptoms would return almost immediately after I walked through the door in the evenings. My mother suggested that I might be having an allergic reaction to mold. After searching my house, I discovered mold growing in our window air conditioning unit in the bedroom. I took the unit apart and cleaned it thoroughly with bleach and within a day my symptoms were completely gone. This episode has made me more aware of how the air we breathe directly affects our health, and it made me wonder if our HVAC system was the reason why my very mild seasonal allergies had become severe year-round allergies.
I have seriously considered having our air ducts cleaned. I see the Groupons and I receive the flyers in the mail that advertise air duct cleaning for a reasonable cost. I figure central air conditioning hasn’t been around long enough to know the long term effect on indoor air quality, and if older homes like mine had never had the air ducts cleaned then they probably need it.
Recently I had a home consultation with Blaze Air, to discuss an in- home filtration system. The consultation was very informative. I learned that although cleaning your air ducts can be beneficial, if your air ducts are insulated then the benefits are minimal. But by installing a whole-home air purifier onto your HVAC system you can eliminate up to 99% of bacteria and allergens from your home. During the consultation I also learned about other systems you can have installed in your home to help keep your air cleaner, and more cost efficient such as programmable thermostats, whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers. By combining these systems, your home will not only be cleaner, it will be more comfortable, reduce high- energy bills, and protect your family against air-borne illnesses.
Considering the benefits of installing an Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Purifier along with a whole home humidifier and dehumidifier I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review these products in my home. The technician suggested that we install the Model 5000 Air Purifier in both the upstairs and downstairs HVAC units along with the Model 800 Steam humidifier downstairs and a Model 1750A dehumidifier upstairs. And I have the convenience of controlling the temperature, air purity and humidity all with Aprilaire’s touch screen programmable thermostat, the Home Comfort Control
Aprilaire could not have arrived at a more perfect time with holiday entertaining and unexpected guests, not to mention cold and flu season, I know my home is breathing clean and filtering out the germs and providing a healthy, happy environment for my family.
|“Natalie is a mother of two energetic boys ages 5 and 7. She spends her weekends working outside in the yard and loves DIY home improvement projects. She enjoys playing sports with her children and dreams of becoming a professional photographer..|
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