Many allergy sufferers seek refuge inside when outdoor pollen counts spike. What you might not know is that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in your Madison, VA, home can be up to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.
In addition to allergens and pollen, indoor pollutants range from rodents to cat saliva to gasses emitted from furniture or drapery. These contaminants range in size from 0.01 microns to 100 microns (the width of a human hair is 100 microns). Given that Americans typically spend 90 percent of their time indoors, it’s vital that your indoor air quality remains high. Here’s how you can improve the air in your home and help family members who have allergies.
Check Your HVAC Filter to Right Allergies
Filtration rids the air of pollutants by trapping them as the air passes through a filter on your furnace or air conditioner. Dirty, clogged filters inhibit the flow of air. As a result, your filters lose their effectiveness. Cleaning or changing your HVAC filters once a month protects your family, reduces maintenance, and improves HVAC efficiency.
Install a Whole-home Air Purifier
An air purifier cleans the air by emitting something that transforms, kills, or neutralizes airborne toxins and renders them harmless. A Trane whole-home air purifier catches contaminants as small as 0.1 microns, effectively removing 99.98 percent of the particles and allergens floating inside your Madison home.
Control Humidity Levels
By controlling the moisture in your home, you can minimize the growth of allergens and dust mites. In addition to cooling your Madison home, your AC unit helps control humidity. Regular AC maintenance ensures that your system effectively performs these functions. It also protects your evaporator coil and condensate pan from bacteria growth.
To learn more about how enhanced indoor air quality can improve your Madison, VA, home, check out Duct-Rite Mechanical, LLC’s indoor air quality solutions on this website or give us a call.