You rely on your St. Petersburg, FL, heat pump to provide year-round comfort, but did you know it also serves as the best defense against indoor air quality problems? Filtration and other methods are critical to maintaining healthy indoor air. Modern IAQ systems are designed to trap extremely small particles, including allergens, dander, air contaminants, and other respiratory irritants.

How Your Heat Pump Reduces Allergens

Central HVAC equipment keeps you comfortable by repeatedly cycling the air from the various rooms in the building. Every time the air passes through the air handler, dedicated IAQ products help reduce or eliminate a variety of contaminants.

  • Air Purifiers: Fortunately, pollen and most air contaminants¬†are relatively large and range in size from 10-1000 microns in diameter. Trane filters are available in a variety of configurations, and advanced models can trap particulate matter less than one micron in size.
  • UV Lamps: Mold grows inside your evaporator coil, where the conditions are moist and dark. An ultraviolet lamp placed inside your ductwork will kill fungi and other biological allergens.
  • Mechanical Ventilation: Fresh air ventilators draw clean air from outdoors while simultaneously exhausting stale, polluted indoor air. Some models even include an energy recovery feature.

Change Your AC Filter for Better IAQ

Regardless of the efficiency of your system, your air filter should be checked monthly and replaced if necessary. At the very least, the filter should be changed every three months.

Many HVAC experts recommend installing filters with a minimum MERV 7 rating. However, always have a qualified technician check to see if your equipment has sufficient capacity to handle a high-efficiency filter.

Clean the Air as You Enjoy True Comfort

If you would like to learn more about how your Palm Harbor or St. Petersburg, FL HVAC system can be used to improve indoor air quality, call the professionals at Pinellas Comfort Systems today at (727) 315-0791 today.

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