How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has thankfully arrived! Which may not be such tremendous news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to contend with as well. Luckily, Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning has the tools to help you own the battle against allergens and help improve your indoor air quality. One-inch Air Filters One-inch filters should be changed 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 located in your home. It’s important to keep on top of filter replacement not only to better your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is messy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate forceful static charges as air flows through them. This charge compiles particles that are small 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 confined 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 folded 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 removes more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which overcome odors. Germicidal Lights Our current, energy efficient homes present a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that stir with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light destroys the DNA of mold, spores, fungi and bacteria on the indoor coil which keep them from invading 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 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 experts at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC would love to collaborate with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 706-722-5304 to work 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.