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 hidden to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Quality Refrigeration 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 quality and the number of people residing in your home. It’s imperative to keep on top of filter replacement not only to benefit your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is messy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate strong static charges as air flows 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 advanced maintenance chore. This style of filter does result in more controlled air flow, which can get worse 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 greater surface area and lower defiance to air-flow. These filters have the best 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 provide a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that mix 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 problems that arise from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity generates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox offers 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 combat all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The experts at Quality Refrigeration would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 410-355-6010 to talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home quality. Or, if it’s simpler for you, set up an appointment with us online.