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 great news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Pinnacle HVAC LLC has the tools to help you defeat the battle against allergens and help enhance your indoor air quality. One-inch Air Filters One-inch filters should be switched 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 living 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 strong static charges as air passes through them. This charge collects 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 style of filter does result in more restrictive 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 folded like an accordion, which allows for greater surface area and lower defiance to air-flow. These filters have the most 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. 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 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 complications that form 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 comfortable 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 combat all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The professionals at Pinnacle HVAC LLC would love to collaborate with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 708-301-0170 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.