The one thing you can always count on in the spring season is unpredictable temperatures—the beginning of May, for instance, can be as high as 90° outside or, as last week showed us, as low as 60° during the day.
The temperature isn’t the only contributor to our comfort this season, though. The constant switch between dewy and wet conditions to dry conditions can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. And while there’s nothing you can do about this outside, there is absolutely a way to tackle it indoors. How so? Read on to find out!
Invest in Whole-House Indoor Air Quality Products
Many homeowners believe it’s enough to change their HVAC air filter every 1-3 months to improve their indoor air quality. While we do recommend changing that air filter this often, it’s not for the reason you might think. This air filter is in place to protect the interior components of the AC system itself, not necessarily your indoor air quality.
No, to truly improve your indoor air quality you need an added boost from one, or perhaps even all, of these solutions:
- Whole-House Air Filtration: Our technicians are happy to help you select a whole-house air filtration system that can help trap the smallest particles found in your home’s air—we’re talking common allergens such as pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and even the byproducts of cleaning solutions you use in your home.
- Electronic Air Purifier: Sometimes, an air filtration system can be so powerful that it blocks air from moving through your HVAC system, reducing the overall efficiency of the system. An electronic air purifier works by charging particles in the air, allowing them to cling to a surface of the opposite charge—something that does not block airflow! The surface we’re talking about is a plate that can be later wiped off by the homeowner.
- UV Air Purifier: Also called UV lights, a UV air purifier works by attacking mold, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms right at their source of origin—your ductwork. UV lights kill bacteria and viruses on contact, making them a fantastic addition to any heating and air conditioning system, and indoor air quality solution. They’re completely harmless to people and pets, but UV lights are devastating to single-cell organisms.
- Dehumidifier: Let’s face it, humidity is not something that’s pleasant to deal with. It contributes to the growth of harmful particles like mold and mildew. These microorganisms not only impact individuals who suffer from allergies and asthma, but can make even a healthy person ill, if exposed to it for long enough. A whole-house dehumidifier dries out the air enough (the ideal relative humidity level in any given home is between 30-50%) that you can mitigate the growth of mold. On that note, during the winter when our temperature and air takes a dramatic turn to cold and dry, a humidifier will also help keep you healthy!
At Smart Choice Heating and Air, we are “Dedicated to Great Service, Clean Air & Happy Homes.” You can rely on our team for expert indoor air quality products and services in Anaheim and the surrounding communities. Contact us today!