Help Your HVAC System Keep Your Indoor Air Clean With These Tips
by Greg Leisgang on April 30, 2014
Posted in: Indoor Air Quality
If you're like most Americans, you spend up to 90 percent of your time inside, which makes your indoor air quality vitally important to your health. The gases and particles that pollute your air come from a variety of sources, such as fuel combustion from heating equipment and appliances, building materials, insulation, carpeting, furnishings and cleaning and maintenance products. There are, however, some steps you can take to help your HVAC system clean the air in your home, so you'll breathe easier.
Tips to Keep Your Indoor Air Quality High
- Leave your shoes by the door before coming inside. Take your shoes off when you enter, and you'll reduce the amount dirt and allergens that are tracked through your home.
- Limit the growth of mold by reducing moisture. Mold spores float in the air, and they're present inside your home. Keeping your indoor humidity level under control with a whole-home dehumidifier can prevent their growth and help you avoid asthma attacks, allergic reactions and other breathing problems.
- Discourage dust mites. You can help prevent allergies caused by dust mites by using dust-proof covers on pillows and mattresses and laundering bedding often using the hot water cycle.
- Dust without chemical cleaners. Reduce the amount of pollutants that circulate in your indoor air by avoiding chemical cleaning products when you dust and using microfiber cloths and plain water instead. These cloths are washable and reusable too.
- Keep clutter to a minimum. Clutter creates additional dust-friendly surfaces. You'll have an easier time keeping your home free of potential indoor air pollutants by banishing it before it collects.
- Install a germicidal light. These lights emit UV rays that can help control the growth of bacteria, mold and viruses. Adding one to the HVAC system can help limit the spread of these contaminants and keep the air cleaner.
- Clean or replace the air filter monthly. Keeping the air filter clean not only improves indoor air quality, but it also boosts HVAC system efficiency and protects the equipment from damage.
For more tips on how to help your HVAC system clean your indoor air, contact us at Tri-County Heating & Cooling. We're proud to serve the greater West Chester area.
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