For many allergies sufferers, the coming of cold weather brings in a season of relief from allergy symptoms – but this isn’t the case for all allergy sufferers. If you or a family member is allergic to things like dust, pet dander, mold or mildew, your allergies don’t end with the cold weather, they continue right along. This is why, if you do suffer from indoor allergies, it is very important to keep an upgraded air filter in your home’s HVAC system throughout the winter months. (more…)
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After our long New England winters, spring is always a welcome season, but for many people, spring is the beginning of another season: allergies. Spring allergies can range from irritating to flu-like, and finding refuge from pollen and other allergens can be difficult. While it isn’t possible to filter allergens in the outdoor air, it is possible to filter allergens from your indoor air with the help of a whole home air filtration system. Air filters, also known as mechanical air filters, can trap a number of types of allergens, removing them from your indoor air. But there are some important factors to understand about installing an air filter in your Fairfield County home, and we’ll discuss these factors in more detail below.
Every air conditioner comes with a standard air filter, but the job of this air filter isn’t to improve your home’s indoor air quality; instead, the standard air filter helps keep dirt, dust and debris from entering the system. Improving your indoor air quality with a mechanical filter requires using a filter made to do the job, and the best way to determine how effective a particular filter will be is to review its MERV rating. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value, and the MERV scale runs from 1-20; household filters used for allergy control typically span the 5-12 MERV range. MERV ratings over 12 indicate usage of a HEPA filter, and while these filters are excellent at removing allergens, they are often so strong that they can restrict the air flow in your system. If you want to use a HEPA filter in your AC system, always consult with an expert first.
Which Is Best for You?
The best way to assess what type of air filter you should use (i.e., what MERV level to choose), is something best decided with an expert. An indoor air quality specialist can review with you the different contaminants captured at each MERV rating. Some homes may only need help with dust, while others may need help removing pet dander and pollen, in addition to dust. The trained IAQ specialists at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning can help determine which air filter will be best for your needs and install it seamlessly into your AC system.
It’s officially spring! Call us today and get ahead of seasonal allergies with a whole house air filtration system!
When it comes to pollutants in the air, the natural instinct is to think about what’s outside – but the truth is, you can have a number of pollutants inside as well. Since most people spend a great deal of their time inside their homes, it makes sense that you’d want to maintain high indoor air quality therein. Call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to do so.
Here in Greenwich, we have lots of greenspace, but at the same time, we are close to very busy major highways, a very active Long Island Sound and of course, close proximity to New York City. Any one of these outdoor environments can make it challenging to keep a healthy indoor environment, so when you put all 3 together, it can be tough to keep our indoor air fresh and healthy. One of the ways our customers have been able to keep their indoor air clean is by installing whole-home air filters to their air conditioning in Greenwich.
How Do Air Filters Help?
There are several types of air filters, and each cleans in its own way, but in general, an air filter captures and keeps the small micro-particles in your air, such as pollen, mold spores and dust mites. The standard air filter your air conditioner comes with is not intended to clean the air; rather, its job is to screen out debris and high levels of dust and dirt that can build up in your system. While the standard air filter can improve indoor air quality a little, the weave in the fiber is too big to capture anything smaller than normal-size dust and dirt particles. This is why, if you suffer from allergies or are sensitive to certain environmental pollutants, you may want to consider using a high-grade air filter.
Reasons to Use an Air Filter
Reason #1 – Allergies
With all the allergy medications available, it can seem like no one should have problems with allergies; unfortunately, there’s a lot more to managing allergies and allergic reactions than just taking medication. By cleaning the air with an air filter, allergens like pollen, mold and mildew spores, pet dander and dust mites can be captured and removed from the indoor air circulation, helping to curb constant inflammation and allergy attacks from these particles.
Reason #2 – Help with respiratory issues
Many respiratory issues, such as asthma and COPD, can become worse with poor indoor air quality. Having clean air in the home means those with respiratory issues aren’t using just their lungs to filter the air, helping to reduce the amount of attacks they may have.
Reason #3 – Better comfort
Breathing clean air can mean better health, better sleeping and all-around better living.
Looking to Improve Your Indoor Air?
Want better air quality in your home, but aren’t sure if an air filter is right for your air conditioning system in Greenwich?
To properly address your air filtration needs call Celco Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.