Excellent Indoor Air Quality At Home Is Crucial For People With Asthma
Asthma attacks range from inconvenient and uncomfortable to frightening or even deadly. Those symptoms — wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness — can prevent you from living a normal life if you can’t manage them.
Fortunately, Boise is one of the best cities in the country for people with asthma. However, we also face some challenges.
For instance, wildfire smoke from here and other states drastically affects our air quality. Even rural towns in Valley County suffer from reduced air quality, particularly in the summer and fall.
Despite this, there’s plenty you can do to manage your asthma. And, more so than ever before, that starts with breathing healthy air at home.
According to the EPA, Americans now spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Now, with more people working and schooling from home, more of that time is spent at home: 62 percent of our waking hours, on average, up from 50 percent in 2019.
In this article, we’ll talk about how your home’s air quality can trigger asthma symptoms — and why it may be more hazardous than you realize.
And, if you use a mini split heat pump system to heat and cool your home, we’ll talk about how HydroKleen’s process can make a huge difference with one visit.
If you’re concerned about the air your mini split circulates throughout your Treasure Valley home, give HydroKleen208 a call at (208) 779-5596. We’re happy to answer all your questions. You don’t need an appointment or anything to get the information you need to stay healthy.
How Indoor Environments Impact Asthma Sufferers
You may not realize it, but the air in your home is likely much dirtier than the air outside — especially when you keep your windows closed.
What happens is that all the dirt and air pollution outside enters your home whenever you open your door. That’s anything from pollen and dirt to truck exhaust and, as we mentioned, wildfire smoke.
Meanwhile, we create pollutants all the time: VOCs from cleaning products or cooking or bathroom odors cause asthma attacks and make them worse. Dust mites, skin flakes, and pet dander are also triggers.
These irritants (and many others) exist outside your home, too. But, they’re in much lower concentrations because there’s so much more air circulating all the time outdoors.
By contrast, when your home is sealed tight, that stuff has nowhere to go. So, it builds up and makes things much worse.
Mini Split Cleaning And Indoor Air Quality
In some ways, a mini split is an excellent heating and cooling system for maintaining great indoor air quality. But, they also present some serious drawbacks. With proper service and regular cleanings, your ductless system can be a powerful tool for managing asthma.
First, here’s what they do well:
The cleanable filter in your air handlers does a much better job trapping contaminants than the cloth filters in forced-air systems. That means fewer pollutants circulating through the air.
Better Temperature Control
A well-performing mini split keeps a much more consistent temperature than forced-air. They stay within two or three degrees rather than up to ten-degree shifts that trigger attacks.
Excess humidity can trigger attacks, and summer is the most humid time of the year. A mini split dehumidifies as it cools, just like any AC. But, it runs almost constantly, rather than turning on and off a few times every hour. That results in better humidity control than central air.
However, these systems also pose some risks.
Dirty Mini Splits And Indoor Air Quality
All sorts of pollutants build up on the coil and barrel fans in your air handlers, on the coils, and inside your heat pump.
That includes many common asthma triggers: mold spores, pet dander, pollen; you name it. And, when it’s in your air handler, it ends up circulating through the air in your home.
That’s where we come in.
Why Mini Split Cleanings Are Important
A high-quality mini split cleaning will reduce or eliminate the microbial contaminants and other pollutants that trigger asthma attacks from inside your air handler. Even if you clean the filters regularly and have an HVAC company service it twice a year, you’re still stuck with way more pollution than you realize.
The problem is that none of those strategies clear out the gunk caked in between the tiny fins on the air handler’s coils. Nor do they reach behind the barrel fans or other components.
Those regular maintenance items will get rid of some dust and dirt. But, you need to eradicate bacteria, mold spores, and more. And, you need to make sure they don’t build up right away again.
How We Do It Right
HydroKleen’s Total Solution Process eradicates the contaminants lurking inside your air handlers and heat pump. Today, we’re recognized across the world as the top authority and leader when it comes to mini split cleanings.
We spent more than a decade developing the specific tools and cleaning agents to do the job. Our customized equipment reaches around the specific components in heat pump systems. And, the spray pressure is calibrated precisely to clean without damaging those delicate parts.
Meanwhile, our cleaning agent eradicates microbial contaminants without using toxic chemicals. That means we’re not getting rid of one pollutant in your home while replacing it with another.
We’ll show you the difference we’re making during our visit. You’ll see the clean part of the coil versus the section we haven’t treated yet. And, you’ll notice the difference in the air immediately.
Heat Pump Cleaning in Eagle, ID
HydroKleen208 offers the most comprehensive mini split and heat pump cleaning in Eagle ID, Boise Metro, and Valley County. Our unique process eradicates microbial and airborne contaminants that trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory issues at home. Call us at (208) 779-5596 for more information or to book an appointment.