How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
Spring has thankfully 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, Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. has the tools to help you win 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 factors such as: pets, the outdoor air conditions and the number of people living 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 passes through them. This charge compiles particles that are miniscule 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 variety of filter does result in more restrictive air flow, which can get poor with time and lack of maintenance.
High Efficiency Air Filters
These are typically 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 most 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 current, energy efficient homes provide a breeding ground for the increase 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 entering the air stream.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
There are a number of issues that arise 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 satisfied and breathing easy.
Whole Home Solution
Lennox’s PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home solution that utilizes 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 professionals at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the top-quality standards. Call us at 803-265-4208 to work with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort.