What Kind of Indoor Air Quality Product Do You Need?

UV-light-bulbSummer is on its way, and every home in the Southland should rightfully be focused on keeping their air conditioner running effectively. Temperatures are simply too high to do otherwise. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should neglect other aspects of indoor air quality in your home. Southern California is essentially a desert community, for example, which means we tend to get a lot of dust in the air, and muggy weather (especially along the coasts), can raise humidity levels far higher than they should go.

In these circumstances, an air conditioner simply isn’t the right tool for the job. The good news is that the same people who install and repair your AC can install an indoor air quality product in your system designed to solve such issues the right way. Every home is unique, however, which means that the indoor air quality product you need should match the specific problems your home is experiencing. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the more popular notions to give you an idea of what’s available.

Electronic Air Filters

The most basic function of an indoor air quality device entails cleaning dust and dirt out of your air. Your heating and air conditioning system comes with a filter that can help screen contaminants out of your air, but they can get clogged very quickly and require regular changing or cleaning. Furthermore, screens can’t always catch the smallest particles, leaving some to filter into your home and cause problems.

An electronic air filter, on the other hand, provides the comprehensive coverage your home needs. Air passes through an ionization chamber, which charges particles – no matter how small – and causes them to stick to a collection pan. That removes them from circulation and reduced the dust in your air to an absolute minimum.


High humidity means that there’s too much ambient moisture in the air. That prevents the sweat from evaporating off of your skin, which is the body’s primary means of keeping cool.  It leads to that sweaty, gross feeling and forces your air conditioner to work harder than it should. AC units can lower the humidity in the air by default, but they’re not built for such duties and the added strain can increase the risk of a breakdown.

A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, can control the humidity levels more precisely, allowing you to set whatever humidity level you’re comfortable with. That, in turn, can ease the strain on your air conditioner and help prevent issues in the future.

UV Germicidal Lights

Ultraviolet light is used at places like Disneyland and rock concerts to make white clothes appear to glow in the dark. They’re perfectly harmless for human beings and pets, but will stop germs and bacteria cold. UV germicidal lights are placed at the apex to your ducts, “scrubbing” the air clean as you run your air conditioner (and your heater in the winter). As a result, there are fewer germs in your home, and your family will be exposed to fewer illnesses.

Call Circulating Air, Inc. for indoor air quality services throughout Los Angeles, CA.

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