When the weather outside is frightful, we spend more time indoors bundled up on the couch to keep warm. People spend up to 90% of their time indoors these days which is more than ever before. In years past, people spent the better part of their days outside tending to their yards and homes. Thanks to the hustle and bustle of today’s fast-moving world, those times are long gone. The air quality within your home can be 5x more contaminated than the air outside of your home! Efforts have been made to reduce energy costs and keep homes more energy efficient than ever before. This means increased insulation, making our homes airtight to keep the heat in and the cold out. While this is great for our power bills, it’s not so great for our lungs. Bacteria, viruses, pet dander, dirt, dead skin, volatile organic compounds and other contaminants are sitting in our homes, waiting to be inhaled. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will give you some helpful tips on improving your indoor air quality this Winter, so you can breathe cleaner air!
How Important is Keeping a Clean House or Business?
We live in a giant dust bowl here in the Valley and dusting can seem to be a never-ending chore. We understand this annoyance. The dust you find throughout your home or business is not only dust, but pet dander and dead skin cells. The particles you see floating through the air when the light hits it just right are a mixture of these things. By keeping your home dusted, vacuumed, mopped, swept and sanitized you can ensure you will have less germs and contaminants around to make you ill. Also, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will keep more of the contaminants trapped inside the vacuum instead of releasing them back into the air.
HVAC Air Duct Inspection
Ducts become contaminated over time with dirt, dead skin, pet dander, mold spores and other contaminants. Have your ducts inspected and if needed have them cleaned and resealed.
Change Air Filters in House, Apartment or Business
HVAC air filters are the first line of defense against indoor air pollutants. They catch the majority of the contaminants found in our homes or businesses before they reach our air returns and get redistributed throughout the space. In order for them to do their job, they must be properly maintained. Dirty air filters are a big part of the quality of the air we breathe. They should be changed as often as they are dirtied. Be sure to choose filters that fit and don’t leave any gaps between the filter frame and rack.
How Often Should I Open My Windows
This step is especially important when using cleaning agents. Try to purchase cleaning supplies that aren’t harsh on your lungs and require ventilation. When you open your windows, you allow the contaminants and chemicals a chance to escape and let the fresh air in which can improve indoor air quality almost immediately. I know this step may sound a little redundant considering the fact it gets cold out, so we turn on our furnaces to warm the space. During the day, when the sun is out, open all your blinds and take advantage of solar heating by allowing the Sun a chance to warm your home naturally while a window or two is open. This will greatly improve your home’s IAQ.
House House Air Purifier
Air purifiers are a great way to clean the air in the room. They also capture particulate matter that may harm your respiratory system! Advanced technology in newer air purification systems kill small pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, pollen, smoke and animal dander. Before purchasing an air purifier, do your research on one that can handle to the job you need it to do. Consider the space, pollutant levels and sensitivity to accommodate your needs.
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Indoor air quality can be improved in your home by following these simple steps. Having your furnace maintained yearly by Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will also ensure your furnace is running efficiently. We will inspect your entire system including your duct work and offer advice on how you can improve the air quality within your home. If you have further questions about indoor air quality, call our office, we’re glad to help!