Is there any real reason to buy a UV air purifier?
There are several. Ultra-violet purifiers use a specially designed UV lamp to kill mold, viruses, and bacteria from the air that flows through your house. Aside from getting rid of the bad stuff at the source, it also removes odors from the home.
Are there any health benefits that come from filters or duct cleaning?
One of the central collection points for bacteria and viruses is your heating and cooling system. That means that small adjustments like a better filter or having ductwork cleaned regularly can eliminate a major source of contaminants.
How do I recognize carbon monoxide in my home?
Carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless and, in large enough quantities, can be deadly. Light CO poisoning can cause headaches, lightheadedness, and fatigue. Every home should have a working, regularly tested CO alarm. In fact, some states, including New York, require them by law.
How do I prevent CO from entering my home?
First, make sure your heating system is inspected annually by a licensed professional at the beginning of the heating season. Second, use caution when operating any space heaters to ensure there is enough fresh air supply. Third, maintain chimneys and flues with great care as they can pour CO into living spaces.
I have a CO alarm. Won’t it let me know if something’s wrong with my system?
While your CO alarm is a crucial implement, don’t take the alarm’s silence for an “all-clear.” Ongoing exposure to even slight amounts of CO can have cumulative effects. An annual inspection is the best way to make sure your air is safe.
Do I need a humidifier for my home?
Yes, each home should have a humidifier. Aside from making your winter air more comfortable by reducing dry noses, dry skin, and dry throats, a humidifier can also prevent cracking in wood floors and furniture.
I have an old pan humidifier. Do I really need a new one?
Yes. Today’s humidifiers don’t use pans for the simple reason that a pan of lukewarm water is an excellent environment for bacteria. This bacteria then gets sent through your home in the air.
My humidifier isn’t working. What can I do?
Often a humidifier not working is caused by simple forgetfulness. Remember to open any dampers or water valves at the beginning of the season. Likewise, remember to clean the humidifier’s panel or pad. If it’s clogged, it won’t work properly.