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This time of year not only brings big changes in the weather, but it also brings dreaded seasonal allergies. No matter the season, allergies can greatly impact your comfort and health. Symptoms always range from mild to severe but no matter how strong your allergies hit this year, allergy sufferers aren’t always aware of an easy way to alleviate their symptoms in their home – investing in a whole-home air filtration system.

Proper household air filtration is essential to cleaning your indoor air and helping alleviate your allergies. You can try allergy medicine and other ‘over-the-counter’ treatments, but why not attack the root of the problem? Here are some in-home tips from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone that will help you breathe easier as the seasons change:

  1. Increase your home’s humidity
    Mold is one of the most common household microbes that contribute to allergies and other respiratory problems. If your home is too humid, it provides the perfect environment for mold to fester and grow and may even cause some structural problems to your home. Too little humidity can also be harmful because it can cause skin, throat and nose dryness and lead to other health issues. Proper humidification is essential to keeping your home at the ideal humidity level and the best way to do that is through a household humidifier. They can be set up with Climate Zone right with your current heating and cooling system, easy to implement and extremely beneficial to filtering air in your home.
  2. Keep pollen out of your home
    No one ever blatantly tries to bring pollen into their homes, but there are some sneaky ways that allergens can enter your home that you may not know about:

    • Make sure to remove your shoes before you come into your home, especially during this time of changing seasons, to ensure that you don’t track pollen into your house.
    • If you’ve been outside for a while, mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor activities, consider changing your clothes when you go back inside and wash your clothes that are likely to have pollen on them.
    • In addition to changing clothes after extended periods of time outdoors, a shower could be another great way to get the pollen off your hair and exposed skin.
  3. Invest in an air filtration system
    Whole-home air filtration systems are really the best way to not only reduce the allergens in your home, but keep your air clean all year-long. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filtration systems are the best solution for the most severe allergy sufferers and residents with already existing respiratory problems, but there are plenty of different systems in a variety of shapes, sizes and technologies. Our experts at Climate Zone can help you find the perfect system for your needs.

Help relieve those seasonal allergy symptoms this spring in the Haverhill area with a quality air filtration system. Our professionals are so committed to keeping your allergy symptoms at a minimum this season that we offer free instillations of new air filtration systems. If you are interested in learning more about keeping allergens out of your home this spring, give our experts at Climate Zone a call at 978-912-7677 or set up an appointment with us online.

Here in New England it’s either allergy season or it’s winter. If you find yourself suffering from allergies you’ve probably tried every trick in the book to find relief. As we spend a majority of our time indoors, your indoor air quality has a major effect on your health. A tool in the battle against allergies in the home that you may not have considered before are germicidal lights.

If you haven’t heard of a germicidal light before you’re not alone. However, they are an incredibly effective, non-chemical way to destroy pollutants in your air. They were originally invented to fight against the spread of tuberculosis and are still used in hospitals and sterile work facilities. Germicidal lights emit UV (ultraviolet) light that destroys the DNA of bacteria, viruses and fungi that reside in your heating and cooling system. The destruction of the DNA means that the pollutants cannot grow or multiply.

Germicidal lights are constantly at work inside your system, cleaning your air without producing toxic ozone. Your air isn’t the only thing that germicidal lights work to keep clean either. Your heating and cooling unit will also be kept cleaner when mold and other pollutants are unable to grow. As you know, when you’re changing your filter, dust and pet dander build up in your system and can affect performance. Keeping those pollutants out can mean a system that runs more efficiently, which can save you money.

There are many things that can help keep your indoor air at the highest quality. If you would like more information about how germicidal lights can improve your home’s air or have any other questions about your home comfort system, our professionals would be happy to work with you. You can call to speak with one of our certified technicians at at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

The weather has been beautiful here in the Haverhill, MA area and we’re spending more time outdoors, but we still spend almost 90% of our lives indoors. As we’ve talked about before, indoor air quality is very important to your health. One of the most important and often overlooked aspects when it comes to indoor air quality is ventilation.

When you think about home ventilation you probably think about opening a few windows and letting in some fresh air. This is a great way to ventilate, but as we know, that’s not always an option in our area. That’s where the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone comes in. Advancements in technology can provide the same effects as having your windows open on the perfect spring day.

Air sealing techniques used in building today’s homes reduce air leakage so well that contaminants are actually sealed inside of your home. This could be anything from mold, mildew, pollen and even radon. A whole-home ventilation system works by drawing just the right amount of air from outdoors. This air will not only give you the benefit of nicer feeling air, it will also remove odors that may be lingering in your home. It does all of this while still being energy efficient.

There are two types of ventilation systems. The system used in our area are Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). These systems use two ventilation ducts. One carries cool, fresh air in, the other caries humid, stale air out. In warmer climates, such as the south, they use a system called Energy Recovery Ventilators (EVRs).

There are many options out there and ways to improve your indoor air quality, ventilation is just one piece of the puzzle. We want you to breathe easy about the air you’re breathing. The professionals at Climate Zone are always available to answer any questions you may have about improving your indoor air quality. Give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or use our handy online scheduler to book a no-obligation consultation.

You can see when your home is in need of vacuuming and dusting, but what about the air inside your home? How can you tell when you have an indoor air quality problem? The EPA has done studies and the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly industrialized cities. The majority of our exposure to pollutants happens indoors, where we spend most of our time. Some of the symptoms of poor indoor air quality are headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating and throat and eye irritation. Indoor air pollution has also been linked to asthma.

There are many things that affect indoor air quality and each home is different, which requires different solutions. Newer homes are built more air tight which keep your home energy efficient, but also keep in pollutants. Modern homes may require additional ventilation. If your home is too humid that creates a breeding ground for mold and dust (which leads to dust mites), so perhaps you’re in need of a dehumidifier. There are also pollutants in your cleaning products and air fresheners. Along with all the pollen that makes its way inside.

The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will work with you and find the right solution for your home that works in our New England climate. We are experts in indoor air quality and can guide you in things such as:

We want you to not only be happy with the choices you’re making, but with the air you’re breathing. Your health and comfort is our priority. There are a number of products out there and by working with you we’ll find out what we can do to help create a healthy environment in your home. If you have any questions or are ready for help coming up with clean air solutions give the Climate Zone team a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.