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 great news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying hidden to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing has the tools to help you win the battle against allergens and help improve your indoor air quality. One-inch Air Filters One-inch filters should be rotated 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 conditions and the number of people located in your home. It’s important 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 flows through them. This charge gathers particles that are small enough to get through replaceable filters. Typically, 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 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 typically four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are tucked 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. Germicidal Lights Our modernized, energy efficient homes present 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 entering 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 forms mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox gives a number of whole-home humidity solutions that will keep you happy 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 fight all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The professionals at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing would love to collaborate with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 661-437-3499 to speak with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home satisfaction. Or, if it’s easier for you, set up an appointment with us online.