Handling Indoor Allergens Keeps IAQ High and Breathing Easy

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We’re fortunate to live in a clean city like Orlando, “the city beautiful”, where there is a lot of fresh air and the city’s Environmental Protection Division makes monitoring the air quality a priority. But did you know that even with all the clean fresh air outside, your indoor air is often dirty? That’s because your well-sealed home concentrates pollutants, and that’s why controlled ventilation and air cleaning is so important. Today, we’ll talk about handling indoor allergens with air cleaners.

The “big four” when it comes to indoor allergens are dust, mold, mildew and pet dander. They each have different causes and different effects on your home. Here are some different ways to control them:

Air Filters

You know about these. They’re the standard rectangular sheets of fiber in your HVAC system. They help in handling indoor allergens by straining the air of all particles above a certain size as it passes through your system. The downside is, when you’re dealing with high volumes of large particles, the filters can clog up and impede airflow. This can happen especially quickly in households with pets who love to shed. The filter media can also provide a place for mold and mildew to grow, if your home has humidity problems.

Electrostatic Air Cleaners

If you’ve ever rubbed a balloon on your couch and used it to make someone’s hair stand on end, you know the principle behind these air cleaners. They can pull particulates straight out of your air supply without running the risk of blocking it. (Electrostatic cleaners need to be cleaned, but if they get dirty, they’ll just not work as well. No worries that they’ll block your air circulation.)

UV Lights

Ultraviolet lights installed inside your HVAC system can actually kill mold and mildew spores, unlike other air cleaning options. They don’t actually remove particulates from your air supply, though, so they’re best used in conjunction with another cleaner.

To learn more about handling indoor allergens in your Orlando-area home, contact us at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning!

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