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Spring Is Tough on Indoor Air Quality

woman-blowing-noseThere is a lot to love about the spring season. Trees and flowers in bloom, the weather warming up, the—allergy attacks? Okay, so you don’t necessarily love everything about spring. As great a season as it may be, the fact is that spring weather and all that comes along with it can really do a number on your indoor air quality. When indoor air quality suffers, so too will those residents of the home with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues.

So what can be done about this? Quite a bit, actually! Our indoor air quality experts are more than happy to help you to identify problems with your indoor air quality and to ensure that you are using the systems, equipment, and services to resolve those problems. Give us a call today if you have concerns about the quality of the air that you breathe in your home. It doesn’t matter how well you are able to maintain comfortable temperatures if your air is of a low quality, after all!

Removing Airborne Pollutants

Airborne pollutants like dust and dirt are probably the most common culprits in homes with subpar indoor air quality. Even when you keep up with the cleaning and do your best to vacuum regularly,  you are not going to be able to remove all of the pollutants that may wind up airborne in your home. What you can do, though, is use a good air filtration system to remove them once they have gone airborne.

Yes, there is a standard air filter in your forced air HVAC system. No, the purpose of this air filter really is not to improve indoor air quality throughout your home. Instead, it serves to protect your heating and cooling equipment itself. By using a more efficient, designated air filter, you can remove many of the pollutants that will cause trouble for your IAQ.

Fighting Biological Pollutants

Okay, so dust, dirt, and pollen are big problems. But at least they can be captured with an air filter or an electronic air cleaner, right?  Not so with biological pollutants, though. Sure, you may be able to catch some of them, though many are too small for residential filters. However, trapping them wouldn’t be enough, anyway. Why? Because they are living microorganisms, and they’d keep reproducing.

Using UV air purifiers is the way to go if you’re concerned about biological pollutants in your home. These devices are perfectly harmless to kids, adults, dogs, cats, and any other invited guests in your home. For viruses, bacteria, and mold spores, though, they’re devastating. These air purifiers attack the pollutants at a biological level, destroying them and rendering them incapable of reproduction.

Stop the Spread of Pollutants

Are you helping to spread pollutants around your home without even realizing it? Well, if your air ducts are leaking, then it is certainly a possibility. Leaky ducts are not just bad for energy efficiency. They are also a major contributor to subpar indoor air quality.

Leaky ducts can pull pollutants into the system. Once they’ve done so, they’ll continue to distribute those pollutants throughout the house. Professional duct sealing in Columbia, SC is the way to resolve the issue.

Schedule your IAQ services with Fulmer Heating & Cooling.

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