How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants Posted May 19, 2016 Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With spring fast approaching, that means that allergies are trailing close next after them. What do you do when you keep away from the open-air pollen but find yourself fighting with interior allergens at the same time? Well, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating has some tips that can keep you comfy this spring season by improving your indoor air quality: High efficiency air filters To obtain a greater surface area and reduced resistance to air flow in your air conditioning filter, there are some kinds of filters that are four to five inches wide which are pleated and folded like an accordion. These filters allow for higher efficiency and better MERV ratings, which make them able to eliminate the tiniest particles of dirt while even offsetting odors. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers Having a lot of humidity and having too little humidity in your home can both be difficult. To avoid mold build-up or respiratory trouble, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating offers whole-home humidity products that are the best key to any indoor air quality issues. One-inch air filters Little filters should be changed every couple of months, depending on pets, the external environment in Pella or the number of people residing in your home. When your filter is grimy and isn’t changed often, it works tougher than it needs to and can create poor air quality. Germicidal Lights Mold and bacteria spread quite rapidly in cutting-edge, energy efficient homes. When these allergens combine with our breathing air, they can cause health and allergy issues for many members of your family. Ultraviolet lights destroy the DNA in mold, fungi, bacteria and spores in the coils of your system, repressing them from entering the air in your home. Electrostatic air filters These filters create a durable static charge as air goes through them, gathering tiny particles that would otherwise be permitted through with replaceable filters. Electrostatic filters are washable, but while they don’t need replacement, they need cleaning just as often. Whole home solution The PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home cooling system that uses photocatalytic oxidation and a high efficiency carbon filter to resist germs and microorganisms, airborne particles and chemical odors, amidst other indoor pollutants. Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating is here to guarantee that your spring indoor air quality is the greatest that it can be. If you have any uncertainties about what option is best for you this spring, give us a call at 641-628-3621 to talk with one of our indoor air quality professionals.