How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants Posted May 19, 2016 Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With spring just around the corner, that means that allergies are lurking close after them. What do you do when you keep away from the open-air pollen but find yourself grappling with indoor allergens at the same time? Well, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has some tips that can keep you comfortable this spring season by bettering your indoor air quality: High efficiency air filters To gain a large surface area and reduced resistance to air flow in your air conditioning filter, there are some types of filters that are four to five inches wide which are pleated and folded like an accordion. These filters allocate higher efficiency and higher MERV ratings, which make them able to eliminate the smallest particles of dirt while even neutralizing odors. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers Having too much humidity and having insufficient humidity in your home can both be problematic. To escape mold build-up or respiratory trouble, 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers whole-home humidity solutions that are the best solution to any indoor air quality issues. One-inch air filters Little filters should be replaced every few months, based on pets, the outdoor environment in Lake Forest or the number of people staying in your home. When your filter is unclean and isn’t changed often, it works tougher than it needs to and can cause poor air quality. Germicidal Lights Mold and bacteria grow quite rapidly in contemporary, energy efficient homes. When these allergens blend with our breathing air, they can cause health and allergy issues for many folks in your family. Ultraviolet lights extinguish the DNA in mold, fungi, microbes and spores in the coils of your system, repressing them from moving through the air in your home. Electrostatic air filters These filters create a strong static charge as air passes through them, gathering tiny particles that would otherwise be allowed through with disposable filters. Electrostatic filters are washable, but while they don’t need replacement, they require cleaning just as frequently. Whole home solution The PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home cooling answer that uses photocatalytic oxidation and a high efficiency carbon filter to reduce germs and bacteria, airborne particles and chemical odors, among other indoor pollutants. 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to ensure that your spring indoor air quality is the best that it can be. If you have any questions about what option is best for you this spring, give us a call at 949-204-0859 to talk with one of our indoor air quality professionals.