Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of things, including high humidity and poor ventilation. In addition, it can have several adverse effects on your health. For instance, it could aggravate or trigger allergies (particularly to pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander) or it could bring on or aggravate asthma attacks as well as other respiratory related concerns.
The good news is you don’t have to live with the bad indoor air quality or it’s consequences! Here are 4 easy ways that you can improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home:
Maintain your air conditioner on a regular basis. Ideally it should be maintained twice a year, so talk to a professional air conditioning technician about maintenance plans. This may also be a good option if you have never done any maintenance before. A few more general steps that would ensure the least amount of dust in your home include regularly changing and washing your bedding and only using products in your home that would release the least amount of vapors.
Clean ducts are paramount to improving your indoor air quality. If you have all the air that flows in to your home coming out of dirty, dusty, debris-filled ducts there is no chance that the air will be pristine. The duct cleaning process involves using appropriate equipment to remove contaminants from the ducts – thereby ensuring that the air pumped into your home through these ducts remains clean and contaminant-free. Make sure that you hire a professional AC technician to clean your ducts – this way you will know that a proper job has been done and that you won’t have damaged ducts from attempting to do this yourself. Technicians can also work on the ducts, making sure that they are in perfect working order, by replacing, repairing, or adding lining to them.
Just like ducts, filters need to be regularly maintained. Filters in your central air conditioning system or in your indoor AC unit need to be cleaned or changed often – especially here in South Florida. It is incredible how much dust and other contaminants get filtered out by these filters. If they are clogged up and dirty, you will not be getting enough clean air into your home and you may even damage your AC as it works overtime to try and compensate. A key part of this process is selecting the correct product for your home and air conditioning requirements – make sure that you consult a knowledgeable technician to help you find the perfect filter.
For more information about or help with improving your indoor air quality, give Art Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call today.