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 inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical 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 quality and the number of people located 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 powerful static charges as air flows through them. This charge gathers 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 ongoing 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 typically four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are folded like an accordion, which allows for greater surface area and lower friction 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.
Our modern, energy efficient homes present a breeding ground for the growth of mold and bacteria that stir with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light destroys 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 complications that form from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity creates 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 battle all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors.
The team at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical would love to collaborate with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the top-quality standards. Call us at 847-362-0262 to work with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home satisfaction.