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Is Your Home Prepped for the Allergy Season?

woman-blowing-her-noseWhat we mean to say is, have you done everything you can within your home to reduce allergens that can leave even the healthiest person uncomfortable for 3 solid months, or more? If this isn’t something you’ve thought of before, now is the time. The indoor air quality in Merced, CA can be worse that the quality of air outdoors! This is because of how tightly homes are sealed during construction—great news for your HVAC efficiency, but not so much for your sinuses.

Finding the Right Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Changing the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is important, but did you know that this air filter actually does very little to resolve indoor air quality problems? That’s right—this filter is in place to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself from dirt, dust, and other debris that can impede its performance. So, what can you do to actually improve your indoor air quality? Consider installing one, or all of the following systems:

  • Whole-House Air Filtration: Our technicians can help you select the right air filtration system for your home that will help trap even the smallest particles—particles such as mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens.
  • Electronic Air Purifier: Electronic air purifiers work by charging particles in the air, allowing them to cling to a surface of the opposite charge where it can be later cleaned up. This is sometimes preferable to an air filter as sometimes air filters can be too powerful, not allowing for effective airflow.
  • UV Air Purifier: UV light can kill bacteria and viruses on contact, making their installation in your ductwork ideal for eliminating the growth and development of mold and mildew. This type of UV radiation is harmless to people and pets, but effectively eliminates microorganisms.
  • A Humidifier or Dehumidifier: What’s the right balance of humidity? You want the relative humidity level in your home to be between 30-50%. Anything lower is too dry, causing sinuses to dry up and making household members more susceptible to illness. Too much moisture, however, encourages the growth of mold, which can also impact allergies and illnesses.

Other Indoor Air Quality Tips

Having the right systems in place is paramount to protecting your family this allergy season. But it’s not all you can do to combat the issue. Consider asking your family to:

  • Remove shoes upon coming in the house to reduce how many allergens they bring in.
  • Vacuum, sweep, and mop the floors once a week.
  • Wash their bedding once a week.
  • Change clothing when they get home, especially after outdoor activities.
  • Bathe pets regularly.
  • Make a cleaning schedule and ensure your family sticks to it.

Following these tips will ensure that your home stays as healthy as possible. The allergy season is inevitable, but your discomfort doesn’t have to be. If you have any questions about what products and services we offer or how they might benefit you and your family, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of professionals.

For quality indoor air quality services and more, contact Ace Air, Inc. today!

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