Polluted air usually makes you think of the smog that is sometimes visible outdoors in the summer here in Cincinnati, but did you know there can also be pollution indoors? Extra humidity, pollen, and pet fur are some of the issues that can lead to poor air quality in your home in the summertime. Here are some tips to minimizing allergies, mold and dust mites in the house.
Pollen can make summer miserable for allergy sufferers. This is true outdoors, but it’s also easy for those particles to make their way inside. As insects multiply and flowers bloom, breezes can carry them into unsuspecting homes. People with allergies should consider keeping the windows closed during the summer to prevent the spreading into the house. Air cleaners and a quality furnace filter can reduce the amount of allergens in your home.
Dust mites are another problem seen in the summer. Vacuuming often and keeping pets groomed can cut down on the dust and dander that can float around your home in the summer.
Air purification systems are also a great way to reduce airborne dust mites, mold and bacteria particles. Great new technologies exist to help combat these unwanted contaminants. Electrostatic precipitators place an electrical charge on particles, which are then trapped onto collector plates in a magnet-like action. Other systems often use some combination of filters, oxidation processes and UV light to break down particles and eliminate odors.
Humidity can be the enemy of clean air. Moist air, especially in warmer months, creates ideal conditions for mold growth. To maintain a healthy environment, indoor humidity should be kept in the 30-50 percent range. Consider a portable model for small areas or a whole-home unit that connects to your HVAC system to keep unwanted moisture out.
Another option to protect your air conditioning unit is having UV lights installed in the ductwork to dry out excess moisture that hides there. Coils in these units are perpetually wet, making the whole system ripe for mold and bacteria.
The NATE-certified technicians at Nelson Comfort of Cincinnati know all the tricks to keeping your HVAC system cool and dry in the summer, and the air in your home healthier. Contact us today to schedule maintenance and cleaning for your unit, and to discover the indoor air quality solutions that can better the air you breathe each day. We are here for all of your HVAC questions and concerns.