Spring means many things to many people. On the positive side, it means longer days, family barbecues and outdoor fun. On the other side, it can mean allergy attacks spurred by grass, tree and weed pollen.
And people with particularly acute allergies may not find much relief when they go indoors. For these people, every day is peak allergy season. The reason has to do with indoor air quality (IAQ). Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling has ways to make your home’s air healthier, relieving your allergies this spring and throughout the year.
We spend 90 percent of our time indoors, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that indoor air is regularly up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. In some circumstances, indoor air is 100 times more polluted!
The ductwork of your forced-air heating and cooling system is carrying more than air. It circulates small particles that can exacerbate your allergies and spread illnesses: pet dander, dust, viruses, mold, bacteria, etc. Your home’s air filters will catch some of these pollutants. But they won’t catch anywhere close to all of them.
Here are some of the tools we install in Middlesex and Norfolk County homes that vastly improve their IAQ.
If you’re suffering from unrelenting allergy symptoms while in your home, the IAQ experts at Dixon Energy can help. We have a slate of solutions that will rid your air of impurities.
Air purifiers pick up the slack where your home’s filters leave off. Using a range of different techniques — including filters with high MERV ratings, ultraviolet light and ionization — these devices can eradicate airborne toxins. This will make your air easier for people living with asthma, young children, older adults and acute allergy sufferers.
The Mayo Clinic has found that increasing the humidity in your home makes breathing easier for children and adults with respiratory issues. Moreover, a well-humidified home feels more comfortable, leading to lower heating system usage. (You can save up to 4 percent on your energy bill for every degree you lower the thermostat!)
Beyond allergy relief, humidifiers offer other outstanding benefits, like:
If you have an older central air conditioning system, it could be a breeding ground for dust and bacteria. Upgrading to new equipment with high-efficiency filters can make a substantial difference in boosting your home’s IAQ. The Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team will identify a central air conditioning system that with improve your home comfort — plus lower your energy expenses in the process.
Make this spring the last time you get sneezing fits and watery eyes in your home. Contact our IAQ experts today for a free estimate.