Indoor air quality shouldn’t be brushed under the rug. Poor indoor air quality adversely affects your health, comfort, and your pocketbook by hampering HVAC efficiency. Read on to learn what may be lurking in your home and the steps you can take to mitigate air quality problems.
Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution
Air pollution exists inside and outside your home. Pollen season is practically a year-round problem in southwest Oklahoma, with a plethora of trees, grasses, weeds, and molds. Yet, indoor air pollution is often worse than outdoors — especially if your home is tightly sealed for greater efficiency.
Indoor pollution often consists of molds, germs, bacteria, viruses, emissions, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fine particulate matter, and humidity problems. In fact, practically no home is immune from these indoor contaminants.
Indoor Air Quality Tips
To maximize the healthfulness of your home’s air quality, it’s important to implement an effective and ongoing plan that addresses all types of indoor air quality problems. Consider these devices and maintenance tips:
- Filter changes: Use a high-efficiency filter to remove airborne contaminants from your home. Check the filter monthly during peak HVAC usage. Make sure your filters fit nice and snug to prevent air bypass.
- Housecleaning: Regular housecleaning helps control dust mites, mold, and other contaminants that settle on surfaces. Wash bedding monthly in hot water. Vacuum drapes, carpeting, and upholstery weekly or biweekly.
- Ventilation: Explore your whole-home ventilation options, such as an energy-recovery ventilator. Daily ventilation is essential to remove stuffy air and replenish it with fresh air.
- Humidity control: Purchase a handheld hygrometer from your local hardware store to measure indoor humidity. Indoor humidity should be 35 to 55 percent for optimal comfort, HVAC efficiency, and to limit the spread of microorganisms. Whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers are great for the dry winter season and humid summer season respectively.
- HVAC maintenance: Schedule professional maintenance each fall and spring season. HVAC systems can harbor mold and other contaminants that reduce efficiency and contribute to poor indoor air quality.
For more indoor air quality tips specific to your southwest Oklahoma home, contact Davis Air Conditioning today for an in-home evaluation.
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