How 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 hidden to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to dispute with as well. Luckily, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning has the tools to help you own 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 factors such as: pets, the outdoor air conditions and the number of people living in your home. It’s imperative 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 compiles particles that are small 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 type of filter does result in more controlled air flow, which can get poor 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 resistance to air-flow. These filters have the highest efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it expels more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which offset odors.
Our modernized, energy efficient homes provide a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that infuse with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light wrecks the DNA of mold, spores, fungi and bacteria on the indoor coil which keep them from getting in the air stream.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
There are a number of problems that form from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity generates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox gives 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 handles 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 experts at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning would love to collaborate with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 308-624-3485 to talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home quality.