How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016 Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With spring fast approaching, that means that allergies are following close after them. What do you do when you avoid the outside pollen but find yourself struggling with inside allergens at the same time? Well, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning has some tools that can keep you comfy this spring season by bettering your indoor air quality: High efficiency air filters To receive a greater surface area and reduced resistance to air flow in your air conditioning filter, there are some types of filters that are four to five inches wide which are gathered and folded like an accordion. These filters allocate higher efficiency and better MERV ratings, which make them able to eliminate the tiniest particles of dirt while even offsetting odors. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers Having excessive humidity and having insufficient humidity in your home can both be difficult. To escape mold collection or respiratory issues, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning offers whole-home humidity systems that are the best key to any indoor air quality issues. One-inch air filters Smaller filters should be changed every few months, depending on pets, the outdoor environment in the Main Line or the number of people living in your home. When your filter is dirty and isn’t swapped out often, it works more than it needs to and can create poor air quality. Germicidal Lights Mold and bacteria grow quite rapidly in modern, energy efficient homes. When these allergens mix with our breathing air, they can cause health and allergy problems for many members of your family. Ultraviolet lights extinguish the DNA in mold, fungi, bacteria and spores within the coils of your system, repressing them from coming into the air in your home. Electrostatic air filters These filters create a resilient static charge as air passes through them, gathering tiny particles that would otherwise be let through with disposable filters. Electrostatic filters are washable, but while they don’t need replacement, they require cleaning just as often. Whole home solution The PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home cooling system that uses photocatalytic oxidation and a high-level efficiency carbon filter to reduce germs and microbes, airborne particles and chemical odors, as well as other indoor pollutants. O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning is here to make sure that your spring indoor air quality is the finest that it can be. If you have any inquiries about what option is best for you this spring, give us a call at 610-626-2540 to talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists, or set up an appointment with us online.