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March 28, 2016
Allergies Still Bothering You? Replace Your Indoor Air Quality Accessories
When Florida residents think about their indoor air quality, they’re more than likely thinking mostly of the temperature of their home. However, good indoor air quality is about a lot more than how warm or cool it is in your home. A recent WebMD article states that your indoor air quality could actually be worse than outdoor air quality, particularly in spring.
The article refers to the amount of pollutants in the air, including pet dander, dust mites, tree pollen, mold and more. All of these can aggravate your allergies, and no amount of allergy medication can resolve the problem. We’ve highlighted a few various indoor air quality accessories below that can work in conjunction with your existing HVAC system to improve your health and comfort.
Many homeowners are unaware that the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system is not actually designed to boost indoor air quality. Rather, its purpose is to protect the inside components of your unit. You can help keep airborne pollutants from entering your home by installing an air filter with a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating.
Another option is installing an electronic air cleaner. This works by giving an electrical charge to airborne pollutants, which causes them to stick to a metal collector plate, or to the walls and surfaces of your living space, until they are cleaned off. This keeps allergens out of your home.
Florida residents are well aware that too much humidity can be uncomfortable, but more than that, the wrong amount of humidity could result in adverse effects on your home and your health. A dehumidifier helps to reduce the stuffy and uncomfortable feeling your home gets in warmer weather. It can also reduce the growth of mold or mildew, both of which can make you ill, particularly if you already suffer from allergies or asthma.
UV Air Purifier
UV air purifiers, also known as UV germicidal lights, utilize small, safe amounts of ultraviolet radiation to target and destroy biological pollutants contaminating your ductwork. They are able to reach and eliminate dangerous microorganisms that exist in the cool, dark environment within your air ducts.