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 dispute with as well. Luckily, Air Temperature Control 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 benefit your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is messy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate forceful static charges as air passes through them. This charge compiles 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 ongoing maintenance chore. This type of filter does result in more restrictive air flow, which can get worse 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 friction to air-flow. These filters have the most efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it discards more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which overcome odors. Germicidal Lights Our modern, energy efficient homes contribute a breeding ground for the increase 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 creates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox provides 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 team at Air Temperature Control would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 478-784-1109 to work with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home satisfaction. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.