Does the Thought of Spring Pollen Make You Sneeze?Indoor Air Quality
Prepare for Spring with Indoor Air Quality Services
According to the latest Allergy Action Plan report available, New Orleans and Baton Rouge rank 14th and 15th respectively in the top 100 Allergy Capitals in America. This doesn’t mean you have to suffer in your own home though. Almost all major air conditioning manufacturers have addressed air purification and now offer products that connect to and work in conjunction with your central AC system.
These high-efficiency air purification systems work much better than the stand-alone products that you’d see advertised on television and in magazines. The biggest reason for this is that an air filtration system installed into your central heating and cooling system filters all of the air that is channeled through your home’s ducts by the powerful blower in your AC system. A small stand-alone unit that sits in a corner either doesn’t have a fan or utilizes a very small, low volume fan. Not to mention the fact that these units usually sit in a corner or along a wall, neither of which afford adequate air flow.
Here are some key features of the Indoor Air Quality products available today:
- The most sophisticated units have some type of electronic filter or catalyst air purification technology.
- Some incorporate UV lights that help kill spores, mold, viruses and dust mites.
- Most use high-efficiency pleated filters that only required replacement once or twice a year.
- The “top line” products use a combination of all three of these features and those systems can remove 95% of all small, breathable particles down to .3 micron, for reference ragweed pollen is 20 micron.
Don’t Ignore Your Air Ducts
Just as important as air quality products is the ductwork that distributes the air through your home. This air is channeled back into the system to be cooled or heated, filtered, dehumidified and then redelivered into your home. The best filter system money can buy will not work if the ductwork is undersized, leaking into your attic or sucking unfiltered outside air into your home.
You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can control the quality of the air you breathe inside of your home. With the help of a qualified air conditioning company, you can ensure that your filtering system is adequate for your family and lifestyle. Take control of your home comfort; call a qualified air conditioning contractor for a home comfort consultation. The best companies will have NATE certified technicians and air balancing certification from NCI, the National Comfort Institute.