How To Improve The Quality Of Air In Your Home
It may surprise you to learn that indoor air can actually be more polluted than the air outdoors. In fact, studies have revealed that your indoor, air-conditioned air is can be several times dirtier than the free-flowing air of outdoors. Brings a whole new meaning to “breath of fresh air” doesn’t it? Since most people spend about 90% of their day indoors, this can present a serious issue. What is behind your polluted air and what can you do to improve your air quality?
Ventilation, Ventilation, Ventilation
One of the primary causes of poor indoor air quality is inadequate ventilation. When not enough fresh air enters your home, contaminates build up in the air that is being cycled and recycled throughout your home. However, ventilation isn’t an easy task to take on in the sweltering heat of the Florida sun. No one wants to even crack a window let alone open one fully if it can be avoided. An alternate option would be to run your exhaust fans in the kitchen while cooking or the ones located in the bathroom while showering. Exhaust fans will help to release some of the dirty inside air, outside. If you have a newer, energy efficient model, it may have an energy recovery ventilator installed that helps to introduce fresh outside air into your home.
Keep Up With Your Regular Maintenance
In addition to annual or bi-annual inspections, there are some maintenance tasks that must be carried out between visits from your C & S HVAC tech. The common Florida weather of hot temperatures and humid air can increase the concentration levels of contaminants in the air flowing through you’re a/c system. Allergens, dust, mold spores, and the like are captured in the air filter as the air passed through it. Regularly check and replace your filter every 1 to 3 months. The more often your system is running, the more often your filter will need changing. Replacing your filter on time will remove a large portion of contaminants flowing through your home. Your air conditioner also extracts moisture from the air – be sure that all drain pipes are free of obstruction and mold. It may be tedious work but cleaning your duct system is another way to remove pollutants from your home. Sound like too much work? Just give us a call and we will handle it for you.
Housekeeping Maintains More Than Just Your Home
Regular dusting, vacuuming, and/or sweeping can help to remove pollutants such as dog hair, dirt, allergens, and dust from your home before they end up being cycled through your air conditioning system. Also, the types of chemicals you buy to clean with can have a harmful effect on the quality of the air in your home. Avoid using products that emit VOCs and if you cannot avoid it the be sure to properly ventilate the area.