How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has thankfully arrived! Which may not be such wonderful news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to dispute with as well. Luckily, O'Brien 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 changed 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 residing in your home. It’s imperative to keep on top of filter replacement not only to benefit your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is dirty your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate powerful static charges as air passes through them. This charge gathers 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 open-ended maintenance chore. This style of filter does result in more confined 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 tucked like an accordion, which allows for larger surface area and lower defiance to air-flow. These filters have the best efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it expels more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which overcome odors. Germicidal Lights Our modernized, 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 entering the air stream. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers There are a number of problems 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 satisfied 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 fight all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 610-626-2540 to speak with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort. Or, if it’s simpler for you, set up an appointment with us online.