How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has thankfully 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, Danco Heating & Cooling 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 circumstances such as: pets, the outdoor air elements and the number of people residing in your home. It’s essential to keep on top of filter replacement not only to benefit your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is filthy 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. Normally, 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 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 crimped 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 removes more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which neutralize odors. Germicidal Lights Our current, 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 forms 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 applies 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 professionals at Danco Heating & Cooling would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 715-356-7000 to talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort. Or, if it’s simpler for you, set up an appointment with us online.