Ah, spring. What’s arguably the most beautiful time of the year in the Sunshine State can leave allergy sufferers miserable.
The spring season is notorious for sky-high levels of pollen and other allergens. Unfortunately, pollen and other allergens can affect both outdoors and inside, which is why ensuring the air in your home is clean and free of pollutants is so important. And although there is no cure for allergies, you can take small steps to curb your symptoms — and it all starts in your are conditioning system. Read on to learn why indoor air quality is so important and our team’s top five tips for improving the quality of the air in your home this spring.
Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?
Indoor air quality (also known as IAQ) is important for lots of reasons. Mainly because we spend roughly 80 percent of our lives indoors, so it only makes sense to take smalls steps to ensure the quality of the air indoors is healthy. Exposure to poor IAQ can have numerous negative health consequences if left unaddressed, especially for those who are prone to allergies. Just some allergy symptoms that can be worsened by poor IAQ include:
- Sore throat
- Watering eyes
- Nose bleeds
Five Ways Your Air Conditioning System Can Improve Indoor Air Quality
So, you know that poor IAQ is bad business — but what can you do to improve the quality of the air in your home? Lots — and your air conditioning system is your biggest ally.
Think about your air conditioning system for a minute. All of the cool air that comes from the air vents in your home originated from outside. Your air conditioning system pulls air from the outside and with a little magic (ok, so it’s more technical than that) produces cool air. During this process, your AC filters the air before dispersing it throughout the rooms in your home so it’s free of pollution. But there’s a catch — in order to remove pollutants and keep your air clean and healthy, your air conditioning system needs to be running efficiently.
These five steps will help you ensure your AC is ready to fight allergens and improve your home’s IAQ this spring:
1. Change the Filter
Air filters play a critical role in IAQ maintenance. Clogged, dirty filters restrict the airflow and allow particulate matter to travel through the duct system into the indoor environment. Filters should be changed or cleaned on a monthly basis, and installing a filter with a minimum MERV 7 efficiency is recommended.
2. Consider Mechanical Ventilation
Mechanical ventilators compensate for the loss of fresh air infiltration in buildings with sealed perimeters. These devices incorporate a fan that is calibrated to draw in a specific amount of fresh outdoor air while an equal amount of stale indoor air is exhausted.
3. Hire a Duct Cleaning Service
As air circulates through an HVAC system, it deposits dust, dirt and other contaminants into the duct network. Duct cleaning technicians use a commercial-grade vacuum system and anti-microbial solution to clean the ductwork so the air is contaminant free and fresh smelling.
4. Install a Central Humidifier
When relative humidity falls below 30 percent, particulate matter lingers in the air where it can irritate sensitive nasal passages. Central humidifiers work in combination with the HVAC system to introduce a controlled amount of steam or atomized mist into the ductwork so the indoor environment maintains a healthy level of humidity.
5. Add a UV Lamp
The interior of an air conditioner is a perfect place for mold and other biological organisms to flourish. UV lamps use ultraviolet light tuned to a specific wavelength to kill bacteria, viruses and other toxins at the source.
Climate Design Provides Complete IAQ Solutions
At Climate Design, we understand the importance of helping homeowners maintain a healthy and safe indoor environment. That’s why our products and services are designed to improve both the comfort and quality of the air in your home. Contact us to learn more about the many available products and services designed to remediate even the most difficult IAQ problems.