Pollen Season is Here … and It’s Worse Than Ever!
Ask anyone – in between sneezes – and you’ll hear a host of complaints about the pollen that is everywhere once the seasons change. We’re happy to bid Winter “Au revoir,” but an unfortunate harbinger of Spring is the yellow pollen that causes all the trouble!
Spring can often mean sneezing, sniffling, running nose, and itchy eyes. And the sad truth is that the air inside the home can be more seriously polluted with allergens and irritants than the air outside! See the Environmental Protection Agency website.
Research also shows that Americans spend almost 90% of their time indoors. For many, the risks to their health and that of their families may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors … especially the elderly and chronically ill, the young, and anyone suffering from cardiovascular or respiratory disease, such as asthma.
How can you clean the air of humidity, dust, and irritants from household cleaners, paints, pesticides, adhesives, cosmetics, and air fresheners?
Here are three ways to maintain a clean and fresh air environment indoors regardless of what is happening outside:
- Plasma Air Purifiers– Also known as bi-polar ionization, this technology produces natural oxidizers that seek out contaminants and odors indoors. While reducing gases and odors, it also kills mold, bacteria, and viruses. It works by using naturally occurring, oppositely charged hydrogen and oxygen ions to create a plasma that is injected into a moving air stream. This plasma breaks down gases and reduces particulates to harmless compounds and filters them out of indoor air. A plasma air purifier is an excellent replacement for UV systems that require expensive bulb replacement. To learn more, visit Global Plasma Solutions or check it out on YouTube.
- Air Cleaners– Air cleaners have the best overall performance and provide the greatest relief to those with allergies and asthma. They provide quality airflow, removing pollen, dust, and some bacteria. An electronic filter is up to 40 times more effective than a standard throw-away filter. An alternate 5” media filter is up to 15 times more effective than a standard throw-away filter.
- Duct Cleaning and Sealing – The ductwork in your home collects dust, dirt, and pollen over the years that not only affects the air quality of your home, but contributes to a less-than-optimal operation of your heating and cooling systems. Before your ducts are cleaned, getting photographic evidence of the contaminants in the ductwork is the first step. It is important to go deep into your system ductwork with video and still cameras to inspect areas you can’t readily see.
To learn more about the importance of duct cleaning, watch this short, informative video.
Duct cleaning removes up to 99% of air contaminants and can dramatically improve your interior environment, save energy and lengthen the life of your system. You might also consider bathroom exhaust duct cleaning; dryer vent cleaning; filter servicing; and HVAC and ductwork deodorizing.
In the average home, a ducted comfort system leaks 30% to 40% of air flow before it ever hits a register. This energy is lost in the basement, between the indoor and outside walls of your house and even in the attic. An ideal final step is to use a system like Aeroseal™ which can reduce your leakage rate by as much as 95%. Your energy bills will be lower, fewer contaminants will be sucked into your duct work, your equipment will last longer, and ice dams will be less likely to form in the winter.
Don’t forget this simple “hack” to decreasing the pollen inside your home during allergy season: Clean your HVAC filter at least once a month and turn your thermostat fan to “ON.”
If you have questions about getting cleanest and healthiest indoor air possible, call Nashoba Air & BoilerWorks for guidance and a no-obligation quote.