There is nothing more important than your family’s well-being, so keeping the environment inside your home safe and healthy is an essential priority. If you or a family member is suffering from allergies, there are a number of indoor air quality strategies that can help everyone in your home breath easier.

Install a Mechanical Ventilator for Improved Indoor Air Quality

A mechanical ventilator uses a powered fan to introduce a controlled amount of fresh air into the indoor environment while exhausting an equal amount of stale, contaminated air outside. Most modern ventilation devices incorporate a number of filtration measures including pleated filters, carbon filters and UV lamps. The allergens in the fresh air are removed by the filtration process, and the accumulated indoor allergens are expelled outdoors.

Use Advanced Air Purification

A quality air purifier serves is an essential component in the fight against indoor pollutants. Central filters trap particulate matter as your HVAC system cycles. Every filter is assigned a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV), which identifies the size and quantity of contaminants the filter can trap as the air passes through it. In general, a minimum MERV 7 filter is recommended for those with allergies. However, it is important to have a qualified HVAC contractor determine if your system has sufficient static pressure to accommodate high-efficiency air purification.

Consider a Dehumidifier

Summer weather in the Midwest is hot and humid. These are perfect conditions for the growth of mold, which triggers allergies in many people. If you notice wet stains on your walls, condensation on windows, rotting wood, musty smells or a stuffy feeling, you may have a mold problem. A portable unit can dehumidify a single room, but a central dehumidifier will maintain a healthy level of humidity throughout your home.

Trust the IAQ Professionals

Breathing difficulties are hard to live with. If your family is suffering from unexplained allergies and other respiratory conditions, check out Assurance Heating and Air Conditioning’s indoor air quality page or call 847-388-0313 today.

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