Knightdale, NC, April 28, 2011 – For many Americans spring means uncomfortable outdoor allergies. Coughing. Sneezing. Wheezing. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma and allergies strike 1 out of every 4 Americans and are the leading chronic diseases in the U.S. among all age groups. And it’s not just outdoor air that’s the culprit. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reports indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air pollutants are particularly concerning because statistics show most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors (American Lung Association).
“The consequences of indoor airborne contaminants are poor health, reduced home comfort, in addition to reduced efficiency of your heating and cooling system,” states Lee Hill, Vice-President of Weather Master, a local heating and cooling expert. “Your heating and cooling system is the vehicle in which indoor air is circulated throughout your home. Keeping your indoor air healthy means first, keep your heating and cooling system maintained on a regular basis and second, look at products that treat the air in your whole house.”
Hill has some suggestions for homeowners to stay healthy and breathe easier this spring.
First, change your heating and/or cooling air filter on a regular basis. Air filters are designed to collect dust and dirt. By changing (or cleaning) your filter on a regular basis you’ll help cut down on the amount of pollutants in the air of your home. “Keeping a clean air filter also improves the energy efficiency and prolongs the life of your heating and cooling system,” says Hill.
According to Hill, “Another way to improve the quality of air in your home is to upgrade the type of filter in your heating and cooling system. If you switch from a standard 1” filter to a higher quality HEPA filter you’ll increase the filtration of particles in the air of your home and depending upon the type of filter, remove pollutants such as pollen, bacteria, smoke, smog, pet dander and plant and mold spores.” One thing to note, a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating is the standard method for comparing the efficiency of air filters. The higher the rating, the better the filter is at removing particles in the air. Filters with higher ratings will not only remove more particles from the air, they will also remove smaller particles.
“Another great way to improve the quality of air in your home is through air cleaners or air purifiers,” states Hill. Both of these products work through your heating and cooling system, improving the air throughout your home. Hill states, “A portable air purifier or cleaner will only be effective in the room that it is placed in, whereas a whole house air cleaning system will clean the air in your entire home.”
Whole house air cleaners help protect your furnishings and save you the time and aggravation of continuous dusting and cleaning. Hill states, “Whole-house air cleaners provide relief from irritants by removing very small particulates from the air and preventing them from being re-circulated.”
According to Hill, “An air purifier whole-house filtration system will capture small particles and microorganisms, and safely remove and destroy chemical vapors and odors. One of the best products on the market today is the Lennox PureAir™ Purification system, which uses patented light-purification technology and two types of filtration, cleaning the air better than any other single system.”
For suggestions on improving your indoor air quality, contact Weather Master, your local expert for all of your heating, cooling and air quality needs. “It’s our goal to help you breathe easier this spring!” says Hill.
Weather Master Heating and Air has been serving Wake, Durham, Granville, Chatham and Johnston counties since 1977. By providing the very best in air conditioning, heating and plumbing equipment and service, Weather Master Heating and Air delivers world-class service with a small-company touch. They are committed to doing “Whatever It Takes” to deliver immediate comfort to North Carolinians.