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IAQ optimization techniques, OR

The EPA has labeled poor indoor air quality (IAQ) one of the worst threats to human health in modern society, noting that indoor air is often two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Since most people spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors, it’s easy to see why this is so concerning.

Fortunately, improving the air quality in your home or office isn’t complicated. Installing strategic HVAC solutions for better IAQ allows you to breathe easier, enjoy better health, and even save on energy costs. Here are the top five products to consider adding to your Oregon home.

1.     High-Quality Air Filter

HVAC systems come with basic air filters designed to trap large airborne particles, but they do nothing to improve IAQ. To trap smaller allergens like pet dander, pollen, and mold spores, you need a filter with a higher minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). For most homes, a filter with a MERV rating of 5 to  12 is ideal to balance air flow and filtration efficiency.

2.     UV Germicidal Light

Ultraviolet (UV) light has incredible germicidal characteristics, able to render viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms inert. This cutting-edge addition to your HVAC system is installed directly within the ductwork or air handling unit, purifying the air as it circulates. This technology is particularly beneficial for stopping the spread of germs during cold and flu season.

3.     Air Purifier or Cleaner

Air purifiers and cleaners come in several forms, using different techniques to remove pollutants from the air. Some models include activated carbon filters for odor removal, while others release charged particles that weigh down airborne pollutants, causing them to fall to the floor. Still others attract oppositely charged particles to an ionized collector plate. Install one or more of these solutions to enhance indoor air quality and promote a healthier living space.

4.     Heat or Energy Recovery Ventilation System

Ventilation systems replace stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. Consider a heat or energy recovery ventilator to conserve energy during this process. Ideal for tightly sealed homes, these solutions capture heat and humidity (or coolness and dehumidification) from outgoing air and transfer it to incoming air, reducing the energy required to maintain a comfortable indoor environment.

5.     Whole-House Humidifier and Dehumidifier

Controlling humidity is crucial for indoor comfort. Whole-house humidifiers add moisture to dry air in the winter, while dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air in the summer. These systems help maintain the optimal humidity level of 30 to 50 percent for improved comfort and fewer respiratory issues.

Enjoy an Air Quality Boost with Help from Oregon Heating & Air Conditioning

If you’re ready to implement these IAQ optimization techniques, turn to Oregon Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re proud to bring over 25 years of experience to our community, delivering HVAC solutions that enhance indoor air quality and your overall comfort. We focus on your satisfaction, ensuring peace of mind and a healthy indoor environment. Contact us at 503-673-3265 for more information about the HVAC solutions outlined above or to request an installation estimate in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, or the surrounding area.