How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
Spring has gratefully arrived! Which may not be such great news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying indoors to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to contend with as well. Luckily, Connolly Electric & Mechanical 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 changed 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 quality and the number of people living in your home. It’s important to keep on top of filter replacement not only to better your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is dirty your system has to work harder.
Electrostatic Air Filters
These filters generate strong static charges as air runs through them. This charge collects particles that are miniscule 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 style of filter does result in more confined air flow, which can get bad with time and lack of maintenance.
High Efficiency Air Filters
These are usually four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are folded like an accordion, which allows for larger surface area and lower defiance 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 neutralize odors.
Our modern, energy efficient homes present a breeding ground for the growth 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 invading the air stream.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
There are a number of complications 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 comfortable and breathing easy.
Whole Home Solution
Lennox’s PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home solution that utilizes 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 professionals at Connolly Electric & Mechanical would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 928-244-8840 to work with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort.