Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
We often overlook indoor air quality when it comes to our heating and cooling system. Poor indoor air quality occurs as a result of excessive dust, mold spores, animal dander and contaminants. These circulate through your home and your air quality suffers.
What you may not know is that you can address this issue with a little regular HVAC maintenance. You can actually reduce the amount of allergens and contaminants in your home. These simple tips can help everyone in your home breathe easier. Also, they can provide a little relief from those painful allergy symptoms.
Check your air filter
One of the easiest and most important things you can do to help reduce allergens in your home is use a good quality air filter. Additionally, you should check that filter regularly. We recommend checking the filter once a month. Replace the filter if it appears dusty or dirty. Dirty air filters are no longer effectively catching dust and allergens that circulate through your home.
Choose a higher efficiency air filter
Air filter efficiency is measured by the MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). Cheaper, fiberglass air filters usually have a MERV rating between 1 and 4. These filters are only capable of filtering large particles that can harm your furnace. In comparison, high-efficiency filters have a MERV rating in a range from 14-16. They can trap very small particles of dust, pollen, mold, and other irritants. Be sure you choose the best efficiency model that is right for your system.
Have your system cleaned
A licensed HVAC technician can check your entire HVAC system including duct work and coils. They check for excess buildup of dust and grime that can lead to poor performance, restricted airflow and poor air quality. This dusty buildup can also be harboring contaminants that may cause problems for people with respiratory health issues.
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