Many homeowners throughout Central Texas and beyond will quickly reach out to their local HVAC company if they notice any temperature issues. However, when indoor air quality seems to worsen, homeowners are often less aware of the steps they can take to improve it.
In the latest blog post from Evergreen Heating and Cooling, we’ll discuss some ways that you can improve indoor air quality inside your home. Contact our experienced team today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Indoor air, despite what you may think, is actually 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. This pollution is born from pet dander, mold spores, paint products, dust mites, and other airborne contaminants.
Whole-home indoor air cleaners attach directly to your existing HVAC system and eliminate pollutants that can lead to allergy symptoms, asthma attacks, and other respiratory issues. These units sanitize air before it is circulated throughout the home, helping your family stay safe from potentially harmful pollutants.
Each and every type of HVAC system contains filters that are designed to keep larger particles, like dust and pet dander, from entering your home’s air supply. Over time, these filters will fill up with contaminants and will need to be replaced in order to keep your air clean.
If it’s been a while since your HVAC filters were replaced, your system won’t be able to effectively remove these particles from your air supply. In order to see the best performance, an HVAC filter should be replaced every 1-2 months. Replacing filters at this pace will help to prevent poor indoor air quality and the issues it presents.
Another way to combat poor indoor air quality is to have your air ducts cleaned. Over time, dust and dirt can build up in your air ducts. If your air ducts aren’t cleaned, that dust and dirt will be distributed throughout your home as air is blown through them.
Additionally, if your ductwork has any leaks where moisture can enter, mold can develop. Similar to dust and dirt, mold spores will be blown throughout the home as air circulates.
Having your air ducts thoroughly cleaned every 3-5 years can help to keep these harmful hazards away from your loved ones.
Cleaning your floors and vacuuming your carpets are fairly easy ways to combat indoor air pollution in your home. If you have pets in the home, regularly cleaning the floors and carpets is crucial in eliminating the allergens they can produce.
For best results, try to clean your floors and vacuum your carpets every couple of days. At this pace, you’ll help to completely eliminate common contaminants, improving indoor air quality.
Too high of humidity can cause sticky air that’s unpleasant to breathe. Too low of humidity can lead to respiratory issues and even cause wood to crack throughout the home.
Ideally, indoor humidity levels should reside between 30-50%. If you have very humid air inside the home, consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier. If it’s not humid enough, install a whole-home humidifier to reach ideal humidity levels.
Indoor air pollution is a relevant threat to homes everywhere. The team at Evergreen Heating and Cooling understands the importance of breathing high-quality air. That’s why we offer products that are designed to improve the air quality within your home.
For indoor air quality equipment services including whole-home air cleaners, dehumidifiers, and duct cleaning, get in touch with Evergreen today. We’ll provide your home with the equipment that you need to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable all year long.