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 wonderful news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying indoors to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to contend with as well. Luckily, Brian’s Heating & Cooling, 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 switched 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 strong static charges as air flows through them. This charge collects 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 advanced maintenance chore. This style of filter does result in more restrictive air flow, which can get bad with time and lack of maintenance. High Efficiency Air Filters These are normally four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are folded like an accordion, which allows for greater surface area and lower friction to air-flow. These filters have the highest efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it discards more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which neutralize odors. Germicidal Lights Our modernized, energy efficient homes contribute a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that stir with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light wrecks the DNA of mold, spores, fungi and bacteria on the indoor coil which keep them from entering the air stream. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers There are a number of complications that arise from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity generates 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 experts at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. would love to collaborate with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 559-675-1681 to speak with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home satisfaction. Or, if it’s simpler for you, set up an appointment with us online.