Indoor air quality is important at home and in the workplace. Most businesses have professional cleaning services, but your home is generally your responsibility. These are common mistakes that you may be making without realizing the impact on your home’s indoor air quality.
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1. Forgetting to change filters on your heating ventilation and air conditioning system can easily harm your indoor air quality. This service is usually necessary no more than twice year so people tend to forget about it.
The air filters in your HVAC system trap all of the dust and pollutants that are sucked into the system. Fan style filters are often used and it takes several months for those filters to be covered with dust, animal hair, pollen and other pathogens.
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Keeping air filters clean keeps your air clean and prevents the accumulation of micro organisms that can cause allergies and disease. Changing the filters may be very easy or it may required the services of an HVAC company.
2. Checking air ducts for cracks and leaks is often overlooked. Your power bill may be going up and the cause is your HVAC system that is not working efficiently. The system may be old or it just might have a crack in the joints of the air ducts. The ducts may need an annual cleaning.
Ignoring this problem will not make it go away. Mold, mildew and small animals can find their way into the ducts and cause major air quality problems. No one wants to breath this contaminated air. Professional HVAC technician can find the problem quickly and make repairs. They can also clean your ducts with an annual inspection.
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3. Neglecting to give your home a complete cleaning will eventually harm your air quality. Dust mites live everywhere including under furniture, in draperies and in the carpet. You need to vacuum upholstery and floors.
Vacuum animal hair to avoid getting it into the filters of the HVAC system. You probably dust counters, lamps, tables and other hard objects but forget to remove invisible particulates that collect on the underside of tables and the backs shelves. A complete cleaning means moving furniture to get into corners..
Closing off heating and AC vents to rooms you don’t use just makes your HVAC system work harder. Keep the vents open and dust and vacuum these rooms occasionally. This saves energy and helps your home’s air quality.
4.. Keep the exhaust fans working even if your thermostat is turned down or you don’t need cool air in the house. That exhaust fan or your ceiling fan will keep air moving through the rooms and prevent the build-up of mold. Ceiling fans are very helpful on pleasant days when windows are open to allow fresh outdoor air into a house.
5. Your home needs the right moisture level for good health. If you live in a damp climate, you may need a dehumidifier to improve indoor air. This also helps to prevent mold and fungus in the damper areas of your home, including attic crawl spaces.
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Conversely, if you live in a dryer climate, a humidifier may be necessary to maintain a comfortable humidity level in your home.
A clean, well ventilated home will have good indoor air quality as long as it is smoke-free. Keep your HVAC system working efficiently with annual check-ups to save energy.