How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has gratefully arrived! Which may not be such tremendous news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying hidden to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Garoken Energy Co. Inc. has the tools to help you defeat the battle against allergens and help enhance your indoor air quality. One-inch Air Filters One-inch filters should be switched in your system every couple months. You may have to change them more or less often depending upon a few circumstances such as: pets, the outdoor air quality and the number of people residing in your home. It’s imperative to keep on top of filter replacement not only to improve your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is messy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate powerful static charges as air passes through them. This charge compiles particles that are miniscule enough to get through replaceable filters. Typically, electrostatic filters never need to be replaced as they are washable--either by you or a professional. This is an ongoing maintenance chore. This variety of filter does result in more controlled air flow, which can get bad with time and lack of maintenance. High Efficiency Air Filters These are usually four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are crimped like an accordion, which allows for bigger surface area and lower friction to air-flow. These filters have the most efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it discards more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which neutralize odors. Germicidal Lights Our current, energy efficient homes contribute a breeding ground for the growth of mold and bacteria that stir with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light destroys the DNA of mold, spores, fungi and bacteria on the indoor coil which keep them from invading the air stream. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers There are a number of problems that happen from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity creates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox offers a number of whole-home humidity solutions that will keep you satisfied and breathing easy. Whole Home Solution Lennox’s PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home solution that applies a high efficiency carbon filter and photocatalytic oxidation to combat all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. would love to get together with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the highest standards. Call us at 503-848-3838 to work with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home comfort. Or, if it’s easier for you, set up an appointment with us online.