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 wonderful news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying indoors to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to contend with as well. Luckily, ACR Air Conditioning & Heating 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 rotated 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 elements and the number of people living in your home. It’s imperative to keep on top of filter replacement not only to better 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 open-ended maintenance chore. This variety of filter does result in more confined 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 greater surface area and lower defiance to air-flow. These filters have the highest 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 current, energy efficient homes contribute a breeding ground for the growth of mold and bacteria that mix 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 problems 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 happy 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 battle all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The experts at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc would love to collaborate with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the top-quality standards. Call us at 337-335-0992 to work 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.