Indoor Air Quality Options For Managing Summer Allergies

Indoor Air Quality Options For Managing Summer AllergiesWhen summer allergy season arrives, indoor air quality is paramount, as most allergy sufferers head inside, hoping to find respite from the outdoor air’s harsh pollutants like pollen, mold and more. However, if your home is tightly sealed and energy efficient, you may not get the break you need from allergy symptoms.

To boost your home’s indoor air quality, consider the solutions below:

  • Air filters – A better A/C air filter can effectively promote healthier indoor air, and this step is often the first one homeowners should take because it’s an inexpensive one. Work with your HVAC contractor to select a higher Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating that will trap smaller pollutants without restricting airflow into your HVAC system.
  • Air purification –This type of equipment is often one of the best solutions for optimal indoor air quality, as these systems generally utilize multiple air-cleaning technologies. And the best systems, such as Lennox’ PureAir, can address all three types of pollutants: particles, bioaerosols and microorganisms, chemical vapors and odors.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light UV-light systems specifically target one class of contaminant. Namely, UV lights can zap bioaerosols like viruses, mold and bacteria.
  • High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration HEPA filtration equipment works alongside your HVAC system with a dedicated blower drawing air into the HEPA system, where a high-efficiency filter will trap nearly 100 percent of particles and bioaerosols that exist in your home’s airstream.
  • Duct cleaning – In worst-case scenarios, allergy sufferers may benefit from duct cleaning, a process whereby dirt and pollutants are removed from ductwork. It can be helpful to have duct cleaning performed every few years to ensure that they are free of contaminants, and that the air that travels through them doesn’t pick up pollutants.

With an indoor air quality solution backing up your home’s air, you can breathe a little easier this summer without succumbing to severe allergy problems. For more expert advice, or help selecting indoor air quality equipment, contact Paitson Bros. today. We proudly serve homeowners in greater Terre Haute and have been for 90 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, Indiana. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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