Last winter, I noticed that cooking smells were lingering for a long time in the house.
When I cooked a particularly smelly fish dinner, I clearly detected the odor in every single room.
I realized that the smell was getting pulled into the ductwork and delivered with the heated air. I started to worry about what else was circulating throughout the house. Any dust, dander, bacteria, viruses or contaminants floating in the air would be trapped inside the house until spring. I have done my best to seal the thermal envelope and prevent energy waste. Our winter weather is brutal and tends to linger for up to eight months. The furnace is essential but expensive to operate. I hope to reduce monthly utility bills by creating an energy efficient home. I’ve caulked, weatherstripped and insulated to stop our heat from leaking out and to prevent outside air from coming in. I’ve eliminated essential ventilation, resulting in some concerns with indoor air quality. I worried about my family breathing in these allergens and being at risk of health problems. Very often, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, headaches, congestion and sleeplessness can be blamed on poor indoor air quality. I looked into the different types of indoor air quality accessories on the market. There are a wide range of options to choose from, and I wasn’t quite sure which one would best suit our needs. I then called a professional HVAC contractor, and he recommended an in-duct air purifier. The air purifier has made significant improvements to the cleanliness, health, smell and comfort of our home. It treats the air as it passes through the duct system, trapping particles, eliminating odors and killing pathogens. The air purifier operates silently and requires only annual maintenance.