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 great news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying inside to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to contend with as well. Luckily, WM J Kraus & Son has the tools to help you defeat 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 circumstances such as: pets, the outdoor air elements and the number of people located in your home. It’s essential to keep on top of filter replacement not only to benefit your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is dirty your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate strong static charges as air passes through them. This charge compiles particles that are miniscule 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 advanced maintenance chore. This style of filter does result in more restrictive air flow, which can get bad with time and lack of maintenance. High Efficiency Air Filters These are usually four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are crimped like an accordion, which allows for bigger surface area and lower resistance to air-flow. These filters have the most efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it expels more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which offset odors. Germicidal Lights Our modern, energy efficient homes provide a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that infuse with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light wrecks the DNA of mold, spores, fungi and bacteria on the indoor coil which keep them from getting in the air stream. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers There are a number of issues that arise 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 happy and breathing easy. Whole Home Solution Lennox’s PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home solution that applies a high efficiency carbon filter and photocatalytic oxidation to fight all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The experts at WM J Kraus & Son would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 319-524-3714 to talk with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home quality. Or, if it’s simpler for you, set up an appointment with us online.