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 great news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying hidden to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 conditions and the number of people residing in your home. It’s important to keep on top of filter replacement not only to better your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is messy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate forceful static charges as air runs through them. This charge collects particles that are small 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 advanced maintenance chore. This type of filter does result in more confined air flow, which can get worse with time and lack of maintenance. High Efficiency Air Filters These are usually four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are folded like an accordion, which allows for bigger surface area and lower resistance 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 offset odors. Germicidal Lights Our modern, energy efficient homes present a breeding ground for the growth of mold and bacteria that infuse with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light kills 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 arise from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity forms mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox gives 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 utilizes a high efficiency carbon filter and photocatalytic oxidation to combat all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The team at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 630-833-1100 to speak 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.