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Your home’s air quality is nothing to sneeze at.

If there’s one place you want to breathe clean air, it’s in your home. That’s where you sleep and spend most of your time, so ideally it should be as free from mold, allergens, viruses and other air pollutants as possible—especially if you’re one of the millions who switched to working from home over the last couple of years.

But if you or anyone else in your household suffers from chronic allergies and asthma, frequent headaches, bronchitis and/or colds that last an unusually long time, then airborne irritants—anything from pet dander to mold to gas fumes—may be to blame. Besides weekly house-cleaning and having your ductwork professionally cleaned on a regular basis, there are several ways to improve your indoor air quality and keep it clean. Depending on how clean you want or need your air to be, solutions range from something as simple as upgrading your HVAC system’s air filter to installing a whole-home air-filtration system.

If there’s one place you want to breathe clean air, it’s in your home. That’s where you sleep and spend most of your time, so ideally it should be as free from mold, allergens, viruses and other air pollutants as possible—especially if you’re one of the millions who switched to working from home over the last couple of years.

But if you or anyone else in your household suffers from chronic allergies and asthma, frequent headaches, bronchitis and/or colds that last an unusually long time, then airborne irritants—anything from pet dander to mold to gas fumes—may be to blame. Besides weekly house-cleaning and having your ductwork professionally cleaned on a regular basis, there are several ways to improve your indoor air quality and keep it clean. Depending on how clean you want or need your air to be, solutions range from something as simple as upgrading your HVAC system’s air filter to installing a whole-home air-filtration system.

Upgrading your air filter(s).

Standard one-inch pleated filters requiring replacement every few months do a satisfactory job of removing dust, dander, tobacco smoke, viruses and other common household irritants. But if you suffer from allergies to mold or dust, you may need more than the basic disposable filter. True Blue Heating & Cooling offers the Trane® PerfectFit filter, which filters up to 50 times more airborne irritants than the standard one-inch filter. Yes, they’re more expensive, but they only need to be replaced every six to 12 months. And the dramatic improvement in air quality will be more than worth the cost.

Whole-home air-filtration system.

If you’re looking to maximize the air quality throughout your home, then a whole-home air-filtration system is most likely what you need.

A whole-home filtration system connects to your existing HVAC unit to deliver the cleanest, healthiest air to every room of your house. A system such as the Trane CleanEffects® Whole Home Air Cleaner is designed to remove up to 99.98% of airborne irritants, including 99.9% of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus and more than 99% of the particles for a surrogate of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The CleanEffects system features patented IFD (intense field dielectric) technology that electrically charges and then traps airborne particles—as small as 0.3 microns—in the air. It is 100 times more effective than a standard, disposable one-inch filter, delivering cleaner air that is significantly reduced of viruses and allergens. In fact, CleanEffects is the first whole-home system certified asthma & allergy friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Whole-house humidifier.

Do you wake up every day with a dry mouth or dry eyes? Is your skin perpetually dry and cracked? If so, then your home could benefit from installing a whole-house humidifier. Like the whole-home air-filtration system, a whole-house humidifier connects to your existing heating and air conditioning unit. A large whole-house humidifier can deliver up to 18 gallons per day, making your home more comfortable with regulated, controlled humidity year-round.

If you need help improving your home’s indoor air quality, your local True Blue professional can customize a solution for you with high-quality Trane indoor air-cleaning products.