How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has finally arrived! Which may not be such tremendous news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying hidden to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Clean Air HVAC has the tools to help you win the battle against allergens and help enhance 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 influencers such as: pets, the outdoor air conditions and the number of people located in your home. It’s essential to keep on top of filter replacement not only to improve your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is filthy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate strong static charges as air passes through them. This charge gathers particles that are little enough to get through replaceable filters. Normally, electrostatic filters never need to be replaced as they are washable--either by you or a professional. This is an open-ended maintenance chore. This type of filter does result in more restrictive 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 crimped like an accordion, which allows for bigger surface area and lower friction to air-flow. These filters have the most efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it removes more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which overcome odors. Germicidal Lights Our current, energy efficient homes provide a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that stir 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 complications 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 provides a number of whole-home humidity solutions that will keep you comfortable 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 Clean Air HVAC would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 925-689-7017 to talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home quality. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.