How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has finally arrived! Which may not be such wonderful news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 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 switched in your system every couple months. You may have to change them more or less often depending upon a few influencers such as: pets, the outdoor air conditions and the number of people living 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 filthy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate strong 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 open-ended maintenance chore. This variety of filter does result in more confined 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 crimped 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 offset odors. Germicidal Lights Our current, energy efficient homes present a breeding ground for the growth of mold and bacteria that stir with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light wrecks 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 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 handles 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the top-quality standards. Call us at 913-432-3342 to speak with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home quality. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online.