How often do you think about the air quality inside your home? If you’re prone to allergies, it’s likely that indoor air quality is top of mind (or should be, at least).
There are a number of factors that can negatively impact your home’s air quality, such as dust mites, pets, mold, cockroaches, pollen, and cigarette smoke. In addition to creating poor air quality, these common allergy triggers can also be harmful to your health. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can proactively take action to upgrade indoor air quality:
1. Make your home a non smoking zone.
Did you know that cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals? The pollutants that come from second-hand cigarette smoke have been known to cause serious health complications, such as an increased risk of ear and respiratory infections for young children as well as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
2. Maintain an optimal level of humidity within the home.
Keeping humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent helps to mitigate the risk of dust mites and mold. The most effective way to do this is through a whole-house humidification system, which is an add-on system that is attached to the ductwork in your home. Through this system, moisture is added to airflow and circulates through the ductwork in your home, helping to maintain an optimal level of humidity.
3. Schedule preventative maintenance for your HVAC system.
Preventative maintenance will allow your system to work best when it has been cleaned and in good repair, which in turn will also positively impact your indoor air quality.
4. Change your air filter regularly.
As a general rule of thumb, most manufacturers of air filters recommend changing them every 30 to 60 days. This will obviously vary based on the air quality inside your home and other factors such as pets and allergies.
For more ways that you can upgrade indoor air quality in your home, contact us at Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning Service. We service the Orlando area and pride ourselves in educating customers about home comfort issues pertinent to HVAC systems.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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