How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
Spring has finally 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 contend with as well. Luckily, Vogts Heating & Air has the tools to help you defeat the battle against allergens and help upgrade 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 factors such as: pets, the outdoor air quality and the number of people located in your home. It’s essential to keep on top of filter replacement not only to better your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is dirty your system has to work harder.
Electrostatic Air Filters
These filters generate forceful static charges as air passes through them. This charge gathers particles that are small enough to get through replaceable filters. Often, 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 restrictive air flow, which can get bad with time and lack of maintenance.
High Efficiency Air Filters
These are usually four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are tucked like an accordion, which allows for larger surface area and lower friction to air-flow. These filters have the highest efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it expels more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which overcome odors.
Our current, energy efficient homes present a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that infuse 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 issues that happen from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity creates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox gives 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 Vogts Heating & Air would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 208-621-0129 to work with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home quality.