Across the nation people are being asked to stay at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Social media posts and news stories are showing people relaxing, engaging with their families, and working on projects in their homes. If you are looking for a project to do around your house, Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning has an idea for you. You can spend some time improving your indoor air quality. Today we are going to show you how to do this.
Indoor Air Quality Definition
Let’s start by defining indoor air quality. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) defines indoor air quality as the “air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.” When your indoor air quality is not very good it can be harmful to you and your family members. Low indoor air quality is especially harmful to those that suffer from allergies and asthma.
Clean Floors to Reduce Air Pollution
One of the easiest things that you can do is keep your rugs and carpet clean. The fibers in your rugs and carpet trap dust and other particles inside of them. When you vacuum your rugs and carpets the dust and other particles that are caught will be vacuumed out. Not having dust and other particles in your rugs and carpet will automatically increase your indoor air quality.
Change Central Air Conditioner Filter
Second on our list of things you can do to improve your indoor air quality is change our air conditioning filters on a routine basis. Your heating and air conditioning system works throughout the year to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. The air filter is designed to catch common air pollutants in it as the air travels from your duct system into your home. Over time your air filters get so full that they do not work anymore. This decreases your indoor air quality and makes your air conditioner work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature. You can avoid this by regularly changing your air filters. Look at the recommendation from the manufacturer to see how often you should replace your air filters. We suggest that you put a reminder on your phone to change your air filters so that you do not forget. In addition to your air filters, you will want to change the other air filters in your home. Many of your household appliances also have filters in them. Check your vacuum cleaner, clothes dryer, and kitchen vents on a routine basis. Replace them as necessary.
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Next on our list is something that Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with. You will want to have your air ducts sealed and cleaned. All of the air that comes through your air vents goes through your air ducts first. If these air ducts are not installed and properly maintained they can distribute contaminants from one room to another. Dust, dander, and mold can all accumulate in your air ducts. Having us coming out and clean your air ducts will help get rid of these contaminants and improve your indoor air quality.