After a somewhat dreary New Jersey winter, spring is finally here! With spring comes things like barbecues, baseball, picnics, flowers…and allergies! The pollen and other pollutants in the air can wreak havoc with allergy sufferers. Even indoors, these dastardly little guys can find their way to you and worsen allergy symptoms with things sore throats, runny noses, itchy eyes and the like. There are a lot of steps you can take to fight these little invaders, and help improve the indoor air quality in your home. “What kind of steps?” you may ask. Well, read on, and we’ll go over them with you. In no time the air quality in your home will be better, and the comfort levels all around the house will improve with them.
Indoor Air Quality Begins With Your Filters
Changing the filters in your air conditioning system is key to improving home air quality. Dirty, clogged filters restrict the flow of clean air and don’t trap the particles that worsen allergies. The rule of thumb for replacement of these filters is every six months, but it may be better to change them every three months if there are certain conditions present in the house, like pets, a large family, or if smoking is allowed in the home.
When the humidity falls below 30%, particles and pollutants can linger in the air. A central humidifier (sometimes called a “whole house humidifier”) works in conjunction with your air conditioning system to inject steam or atomized moisture into the air, and keep your home at a comfortable level of humidity. This way those sneaky little particulates don’t irritate nasal passage and cause nosebleeds, congestion, or other allergy symptoms.
A Little Light Can Make A Heavy Difference
Things like mold and bacteria love messing with allergy sufferers, and they also love your air conditioning ductwork. Installing an ultraviolet lamp within your ductwork can change that. UV light set at a specific wavelength makes short work of these wee beasties, improving air quality and levels of health within the home.
Purify Your Air With The Power Of Lightning
Ok, so maybe that’s a little dramatic. But one big step you can take to improve indoor air quality is to install an electronic air purifier (sometimes referred to as an ionizer or electronic air cleaner). An electronic air purifier uses electrically charge filters to collect pollen, dust, pet dander and the other contaminants that can worsen allergies. There are several advantages to an electronic air purifier, such as reusable filters. When the filters get dirty, simply remove them and wash them. This eliminates the need to keep a stock of filters on hand or trips to the store to pick one up.
These types of systems are also highly efficient at removing contaminants. Look for a system with a Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) of 10 or higher.
If you have any questions about how to improve your home air quality, or want to look into some of these suggestions further, we’re here to help! Just give us a call at 856-786-0707 or an email, and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can!