How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How 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 hidden to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to contend with as well. Luckily, Ocean Air Conditioning 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 elements and the number of people living in your home. It’s important to keep on top of filter replacement not only to benefit 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 runs through them. This charge collects particles that are miniscule 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 ongoing maintenance chore. This style of filter does result in more controlled air flow, which can get poor 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 offset odors. Germicidal Lights Our modernized, energy efficient homes provide 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 entering the air stream. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers There are a number of complications that happen from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity forms 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 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 Ocean Air Conditioning would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 949-525-9119 to work 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.