How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has gratefully arrived! Which may not be such tremendous news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to dispute with as well. Luckily, Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. has the tools to help you own the battle against allergens and help upgrade 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 residing in your home. It’s important to keep on top of filter replacement not only to improve your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is dirty your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate forceful static charges as air passes through them. This charge collects 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 bad 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 larger surface area and lower friction 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 current, energy efficient homes contribute a breeding ground for the growth of mold and bacteria that infuse with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light kills 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 complications that happen 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 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 battle all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 586-731-0950 to speak with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort. Or, if it’s easier for you, set up an appointment with us online.