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 inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to contend with as well. Luckily, Davis Heating & Air Conditioning 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 switched 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 quality and the number of people located in your home. It’s essential 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 strong static charges as air runs through them. This charge gathers 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 variety 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 typically four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are folded like an accordion, which allows for larger 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 offset odors. Germicidal Lights Our modernized, energy efficient homes provide a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that mix 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 complications that happen from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity generates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox offers 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 540-483-5605 to work with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.