Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality
As we wave goodbye to the snow and cold weather, many Rockville residents ecstatically welcome the spring temperatures. However, the spring season is often paired with the arrival of allergy season. If you struggle with seasonal allergies, you are familiar with the tree pollen floating through the air and triggering allergy symptoms. The pollen outdoors and allergens inside your home can make for a very uncomfortable spring season for some, but the Glenmont Air Conditioning & Heating team can help! In this blog, we discuss ways to lower allergy symptoms and improve indoor air quality in Rockville, MD and surrounding areas.
What Allergens Are In Your Home?
Do you know what you are breathing inside your home? Harmful pollutants may be floating through the air and causing a variety of negative health impacts and symptoms. More often than not, indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air due to the lack of ventilation. Allergens can build up inside your home and cause your seasonal allergies to worsen. It is important to know which pollutants are in your home, because it helps a Glenmont technician find a helpful home solution. Below we have listed common indoor air pollutants in Rockville, MD homes according to the Montgomery County, MD Department of Environmental Protection.
- Mold & Mildew
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Pet Dander
How Does Poor Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Health?
Most homeowners spend a large amount of their time at home, which means breathing in possible pollutants floating through the air. If your home has poor air quality, it could be affecting your health and causing uncomfortable allergy symptoms year-round. Many factors contribute to air quality beyond indoor pollutants, such as humidity. Low and high humidity can enhance negative health symptoms and increase potential air pollutants. Below are ways poor indoor air quality in Rockville, MD can affect your health.
- Dry/Cracked Skin
- Increased Susceptibility To Illnesses
- Irritated Eyes
- Runny Nose
If you or someone in your home struggles with respiratory problems, such as asthma, poor air quality can heighten symptoms and lead to long-term health effects. We strongly encourage homeowners to maintain positive indoor air quality year-round, especially in the spring when allergy symptoms are present due to pollen!
How To Improve Air Quality In Your Home
While we can’t get rid of the pollen outside your home, we can help lower indoor air pollutants floating around your home. At Glenmont Air Conditioning and Heating, we offer a variety of indoor air quality services in Rockville, MD and surrounding areas. Below are services we can provide for your home to help you breathe easy each season.
- Quality Air Filters
- Electronic Air Cleaners
- UV Light Systems
Quality Air Filters
The air filters in your home are responsible for filtering harmful pollutants before they enter the air you breathe. The two main types of air filters are fiberglass and pleated, and both have different ranges of minimum efficiency reporting values. (MERV) MERV measures the filter’s effectiveness to catch pollutants that pass through. The higher the MERV rating, the more allergens, small and large, the filter can catch and the cleaner your air will be. At Glenmont Air Conditioning and Heating, we offer a variety of quality air filters to help improve indoor air quality in your home. We can help identify the best air filter and MERV rating that suits your needs and remains in your budget.
Contrary to popular belief, humidity isn’t always a bad feeling! Good indoor air quality relies on 30-50% humidity in your home each season. During the winter and early spring months, humidity can be low in Montgomery County, MD and negatively impact you and your home. Humidifying systems can add extra moisture back into the air and contribute to overall air quality. Give us a call to learn more about installing a humidifier in Rockville, MD and surrounding areas!
While Maryland can have low humidity, Rockville can also see high humidity throughout the summer and early fall season. High humidity can encourage mold and mildew growth, which can cause uncomfortable health symptoms to you and other residents. Dehumidifying systems remove excess moisture in the air and can help control humidity levels throughout your home. Let a Glenmont technician install a quality dehumidifier in Rockville, MD to help improve indoor air quality!
Electronic Air Cleaners
Electronic air cleaners, also known as electronic air purifiers, work to remove a variety of airborne contaminants traveling through your air. The device traps large pollutants in a prefilter, while electrically charged filters catch smaller particles before they can circulate through your home. Electronic air cleaners in your Rockville home combined with traditional air filters can dramatically improve air quality and keep your air clean year-round!
UV Light Systems
UV light systems work to kill harmful pollutants such as mold, bacteria, and mildew. The system emits ultraviolet rays to destroy the allergens and keep them from negatively impacting your health and air quality. Pollutants such as mold can cause severe allergic reactions and risk long-term health effects. A Glenmont technician is happy to install a UV light system in Rockville, MD to keep you breathing easy in your home!
While we offer many indoor air quality services, there are other simple ways for you to improve indoor air quality, such as:
- Maintaining Clean Air Filters
- Grooming Pets Outdoors
- Improving Ventilation In Your Home
- Regularly Dusting
- Use Natural Cleaning Chemicals
Your health is one of our top priorities at Glenmont Air Conditioning and Heating. We encourage homeowners to take action to improve indoor air quality, whether by simple maintenance tasks or installing a beneficial air quality device. Additionally, scheduling AC maintenance can further improve indoor air quality by allowing a trained technician to clean the inside and outside of your air conditioning unit. To schedule AC maintenance in Rockville, MD or learn about Glenmont’s indoor air quality services, give us a call!
Glenmont Air Conditioning & Heating
For over 35 years, Glenmont Air Conditioning & Heating has provided full-service HVAC repair, replacement, and maintenance in the Rockville, Maryland area. Contact us today to schedule service.