Allergy Sufferers: Have You Tested Your Indoor Air Quality?
While the spring months are wonderful for enjoying outdoor beauty in Middleburg, FL, allergy sufferers tend to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid pollen and other irritating allergens. Unfortunately, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air because of the closed nature of a home. If you are wondering why you continue to suffer in spite of reduced outdoor activity, then it may be time to have your indoor air quality tested.
What Is an Indoor Air Quality Test?
A professional in the HVAC industry can do an evaluation of the contaminants present in your home’s air supply. Different materials can become concentrated in a residence because of inefficient sealing. While a well-sealed environment is great for encouraging energy efficiency, it can also allow pollutants to become concentrated. During an evaluation, your HVAC technician will take air samples for testing the types of contaminants present in your home. You may be surprised at the pollen levels inside your home during the spring, but your evaluation will help you to determine a plan for dealing with the issue.
Air Quality Solutions
There are many approaches to improving your indoor air quality. Some are simple and others require additional equipment. One of the least expensive steps in improving indoor conditions is selecting a filter with a higher MERV rating. Ratings from nine to 12 provide excellent filtration of pollen and other airborne pathogens. You can begin with a new filter to determine whether your allergy symptoms subside.
If a new filter doesn’t help, you can explore whole-home air purification systems for more advanced air cleaning. Cabinet filters that provide high-efficiency filtration can be installed to work with your existing HVAC equipment to improve air quality. Germicidal air cleaners are available that can trap and kill bacteria and viruses. The high MERV ratings of some of these systems exceed those recommended for residential air filters and require professional assistance in selection and installation. These are some of the best options for allergy sufferers.
Mold can be a significant issue in triggering some allergies, and the humid climate in our area can make it easy for mold to develop. Mold control is an important step in improving indoor air, and there are equipment and management steps to consider. Coil and duct cleaning can help in removing mold that is already present in your home.
Preventing further growth of mold and bacteria on your coils can be accomplished with a germicidal UV lamp. Seasonal tune-up service for your HVAC system can also provide the opportunity to diagnose issues with mold in your system. Schedule spring service for your air conditioner and fall service for your furnace. Your heat pump should be serviced during both fall and spring seasons.
Dehumidification equipment can help in controlling humidity levels in your home. This can stem the development of mold while improving indoor comfort. You can discuss your air quality questions or schedule an appointment by contacting one of our representatives at Mike Merritt Heating & Air.