As January quickly fades into the rearview mirror, spring is rapidly appearing on the horizon ahead of us, and with it comes warm temperatures, fresh flowers, and all sorts of beautiful new life. Unfortunately, that also means a serious drop in outdoor air quality. Blooming flowers release pollen into the air, joining the countless numbers of bacteria microbes that can thrive in the warmth of spring. When you combine these factors with the already high levels of dust, dander, and other microscopic contaminants, you can see just how easily spring can also bring poor air quality.
If you suffer from severe allergies, asthma, other respiratory conditions, or a weakened immune system, spring can be one of the most dreaded times of the year. While there might not be much you can do about going outside, you’ll likely want to do everything you can to protect the air inside your home so that you can find some sort of relief from your symptoms. Fortunately, you have one of the best tools you need for the job already installed in your own home: your air conditioning system! there are several things you can do that will help your A/C remove pollen, spores, and other microbes from the air, keeping you happy, healthy, and symptom-free at home. Here are a few solutions you can pursue.
Your air conditioner requires a clean, high-quality air filter to work properly, which means you should be changing it on a regular basis anyway. However, you also should carefully consider your needs and select the right air filter for the job. An air filter that’s not strong enough won’t be able to remove the microscopic pollen molecules, bacteria organisms, and other air contaminants before they pass through your system, dirtying it and sending the dirty air back into your home. An air filter that’s too strong will inhibit your air conditioner from working properly, making it inefficient and causing coil freezing, pressure buildup, and even damaging or destroying your blower motor.
A good air filter is the number-one defense you have against bad indoor air quality, so you should do some research and make this decision carefully. Make sure you choose a filter that your air conditioner can handle based on manufacturer recommendations but will also function to the level you need.
Anti-Microbial Ductwork Coatings
How old are your ducts? If they’re more than a decade or so old, odds are there’s probably a buildup of mold, dust, pollen, or other microbes somewhere that’s ruining your air quality that’s releasing into the air in your home, ruining your air quality and causing you all sorts both literal and figurative headaches. If that’s the case, you may wish to have your ducts cleaned to remove these microbes, and then have them coated with an anti-microbial coating. This service will prevent microbes from settling in your ducts and fostering colonies that can cause further health problems. If you’re dealing with poor air quality and your air filter isn’t the problem, you may want to consider calling a Tallahassee duct cleaning team to inspect your ducts and then clean and coat them to get rid of this issue.
If you’re dealing with high concentrations of airborne bacteria, mold spores, pollen, and other microscopic living organisms, then an ultraviolet air scrubber might be just what you need. Air scrubbers are fairly simple: they’re a specialized lamp that emits ultraviolet light, a form of light that’s invisible to the human eye, but has harsh properties on living cells. While UV light exposure can cause sunburns on human skin, it’s lethal to these microscopic organisms. Passing the air in your system across one of these lights can quickly zap any of these microbes, rendering them completely ineffective and improving your overall air quality.
UV air scrubbers are extremely popular in places like Florida because of their ability to eliminate mold problems that can quickly form in ducts. By placing one of these lamps just inside your primary air intake vent, you can prevent these spores from quickly settling in your system, allowing them to reproduce and send your air quality spiraling out of control.
For more information on indoor air quality control, talk to the Tallahassee heating & air service experts from Tallahassee Air Conditioning and Electrical, LLC today! Dial (850) 702-5550 to receive a free system estimate.