How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has gratefully arrived! Which may not be such great news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Assured Appliance and Heating & Air has the tools to help you defeat the battle against allergens and help upgrade your indoor air quality. One-inch Air Filters One-inch filters should be rotated in your system every couple months. You may have to change them more or less often depending upon a few circumstances such as: pets, the outdoor air elements and the number of people located in your home. It’s imperative to keep on top of filter replacement not only to better your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is filthy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate powerful static charges as air flows through them. This charge collects particles that are miniscule enough to get through replaceable filters. Often, electrostatic filters never need to be replaced as they are washable--either by you or a professional. This is an ongoing maintenance chore. This style of filter does result in more confined air flow, which can get poor with time and lack of maintenance. High Efficiency Air Filters These are typically four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are folded like an accordion, which allows for greater surface area and lower defiance to air-flow. These filters have the highest efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it removes more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which neutralize odors. Germicidal Lights Our modern, energy efficient homes provide a breeding ground for the growth of mold and bacteria that infuse with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light destroys the DNA of mold, spores, fungi and bacteria on the indoor coil which keep them from invading the air stream. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers There are a number of issues that form from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity creates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox gives a number of whole-home humidity solutions that will keep you happy and breathing easy. Whole Home Solution Lennox’s PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home solution that handles a high efficiency carbon filter and photocatalytic oxidation to battle all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The team at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 847-293-0047 to talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort. Or, if it’s easier for you, set up an appointment with us online.