How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants Posted May 19, 2016 Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With spring imminent, that means that allergies are following close after them. What do you do when you keep away from the outside pollen but find yourself fighting with inside allergens at the same time? Well, Contra Costa Heating & AC has some tools that can keep you comfortable this spring season by enhancing your indoor air quality: High efficiency air filters To receive a bigger surface area and smaller resistance to air flow in your air conditioning filter, there are some types of filters that are four to five inches wide which are gathered and folded like an accordion. These filters allocate higher efficiency and upper MERV ratings, which make them able to eliminate the smallest particles of dirt while even offsetting odors. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers Having too much humidity and having too little humidity in your home can both be tricky. To steer clear of mold accumulation or respiratory problems, Contra Costa Heating & AC offers whole-home humidity products that are the best solution to any indoor air quality issues. One-inch air filters Thinner filters should be swapped out every so often, depending on pets, the outdoor environment in the Bay Area or the number of people staying in your home. When your filter is unclean and isn’t changed often, it works tougher than it needs to and can create poor air quality. Germicidal Lights Mold and bacteria grow quite easily in modern, energy efficient homes. When these allergens blend with our breathing air, they can produce health and allergy difficulties for many folks in your family. Ultraviolet lights destroy the DNA in mold, fungi, microbes and spores within the coils of your system, repressing them from moving through the air in your home. Electrostatic air filters These filters create a strong static charge as air goes through them, accumulating tiny particles that would otherwise be permitted through with disposable filters. Electrostatic filters are washable, but while they don’t need replacement, they demand cleaning just as frequently. Whole home solution The PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home cooling answer that uses photocatalytic oxidation and a high-level efficiency carbon filter to resist germs and microorganisms, airborne particles and chemical odors, as well as other indoor pollutants. Contra Costa Heating & AC is here to make sure that your spring indoor air quality is the greatest that it can be. If you have any questions about what option is best for you this spring, give us a call at 510-343-9841 to talk with one of our indoor air quality experts.