If you or someone in your Shelbyville, Tennessee, home suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, you know how important it is to have high indoor air quality. Let’s look at three ways to improve the IAQ in your home and the benefits you’ll receive.

Add an Air Purifier

Dirt, dust, pollen, and other pollutants get transferred into your house through the HVAC system, open doors and windows, and even from your shoes. These contaminants often trigger asthma and allergy attacks. An air purifier draws in airborne particulates and sends them through a series of filters. The pollutants get trapped in the filters, and the air purifier sends back clean, fresh, uncontaminated air. It’s important to have the filters changed or cleaned frequently for the air purifier to work efficiently.

Install a Dehumidifier

Dust mites, a major contributor to allergy and asthma attacks, love moisture. When humidity levels rise past 50 percent in your home, dust mites thrive. Your skin begins to feel sticky and clammy, and moisture can damage sheetrock, carpets, and window blinds. Adding a dehumidifier helps extract excess moisture from the air so the humidity levels remain under 50 percent, improving your home’s IAQ.

Use High-Quality Air Filters

The air filters in the HVAC system trap dirt, dust, and contaminants before they enter the system. The finer the mesh on the filter, the more particulates they trap. You need to regularly clean or change fine mesh filters so airflow isn’t restricted. Look for air filters with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. The higher the MERV rating, the more particulates the air filter traps. Many HVAC systems use filters with low MERV ratings, between six and nine. Choose a MERV rating of 12-15 to help improve your indoor air quality.

To learn more about our indoor air quality products or have them installed, give our professional team at McKamey Heating and Cooling a call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you.

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