When temperatures soar, we rely on our air-conditioned home as a place of refuge. But how can we ensure that the air inside is clean, so the home is a healthy place to escape to? You need an effective strategy for optimal indoor air quality. How to Get Started
The starting point for any strategy is researching the problem. As a first step you should find out if you have an indoor air quality problem, and how serious it is. Tests are relatively inexpensive and will help you identify which areas to tackle first. When you have implemented the improvements, you can retest to make sure your strategy for optimal indoor air quality has been effective.
- Dirty ductwork can be a major enemy of air quality in your home. If your ducts shows signs of harboring dust and debris – dust bunnies at the registers, visible mold growth, signs of insect or rodent presence – have your ducts cleaned by a trusted professional.
- In-house pollutants such as cleaning substances and appliances emit fumes that disperse toxins into the air you breathe. Keep cleaning products to a minimum or choose non-toxic formulas. Make sure gas-fired furnaces and water heaters are properly installed and operated, and get regular maintenance.
- Ventilating your home by getting more outdoor air inside is a major contributor in terms of achieving optimal indoor air quality. In moderate weather, it can be as simple as opening doors and windows. Using exhaust fans in high-humidity rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms is also a smart move. Whole-house ventilation systems are a more comprehensive option.
- Air filters can make a real difference in terms of optimal indoor air quality. They work by trapping pollutants and reducing the amount of dust that reaches the A/C system. Inspecting and changing them when they get dirty are essential for optimum indoor air quality. A step further, inexpensive portable tabletop cleaners and comprehensive whole-house systems are available. Both types will remove the great majority of solid particulates such as dust and pollen, but not dangerous gases such as radon.
For more tips and advice on maintaining indoor air quality in your Central Arizona home, please contact us at Wolff Mechanical. Our team has been serving the Phoenix area for over 22 years and look forward to helping you with all your HVAC needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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