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Indoor Air Quality Help for Allergy Season

dandelion-in-fieldSpring always brings with it good news: warmer weather! It might come a bit later in spring than earlier, but it gets here no matter what.

But the warmer weather often brings with it bad news: allergy season! After a rainy stretch of weather here in New York, when the weather starts to heat up it means plant blooms—and a subsequent spike in the pollen levels. There’s also a rise in the growth of mold and mildew, which further creates allergy problems.

Now that allergy season is starting, you and other people in your household may be dealing with some unpleasant times because of airborne allergens. Sure, you can take medicine, but we have recommendations for how you can improve your home’s indoor air quality with the help of IAQ professionals. We offer excellent indoor air quality services in Staten Island, NY.

Indoor Air Quality Installations for Allergy Season

There are a number of different triggers for allergies during this time of year, with grass, pollen, and mold the most common. As soon as the weather warms up in spring—especially after a rainy winter—rapid plant growth causes an increase in allergy symptoms. Below are devices we can install into a home’s air conditioning system to lower the amount of these harmful pollutants.

  • Air Filtration Systems: The standard air filter is still one of the most effective methods to trap unwanted particles moving through an HVAC system, such as dander and pollen. (The air filter that’s already part of the HVAC system isn’t useful however; it only guards the cabinet interior.) Finding the right set of air filters requires the input of the professionals who will install them. The filters must be strong enough to trap the pollutants in your home while still allowing for the free flow of air. This is why the HEPA filter, recommended for allergies, is often a poor choice for a house: the fiber weave is simply too IAQ experts can identify the best type of allergy-stopping filter for your house.
  • UV Lights (UV Air Purifiers): Mold spores pose a particular problem in homes, and therefore require a particular solution. The UV air purifier consists of ultraviolet lamps that send out UV radiation to target the air moving through the ducts. This radiation kills mold spores cells, rendering the spores inert and harmless. The big advantage of UV air purifiers is they don’t use any chemicals to eliminate mold, helping to keep the air in a home clean. As a bonus, UV lights kill bacteria, germs, and other microbes, which helps to create a healthier household in general.
  • Whole-House Dehumidifiers: Another way to prevent the mold and mildew that triggers allergy problems is to stop them at the source. Lowering humidity prevents mold from growing and cuts down on allergens. A whole-house dehumidifier will balance humidity into a comfortable range (between 30% and 50% relative humidity), which will not only lower mold trouble, it will also make the heat easier to bear during the coming summer.

Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning has served the AC and heating needs of Staten Island, NY since 1956.

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