Since the 1970s, homes have been sealed up tighter for energy-saving reasons. Though this keeps conditioned air in the home, thereby saving on HVAC costs, it has a negative impact on indoor air quality, which used to benefit from the natural ventilation of small cracks and holes. Indoor air has become much dirtier than the outside air, so something’s got to give!
Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality
- Clean the carpet on a regular basis – Vacuum frequently and have carpet throughout the home shampooed regularly. Dead skin cells and allergens that commonly reside in the pile can become airborne and cause allergic reactions or respiratory issues in many people.
- Change the air filter regularly – Ensure the air filter in the heating and air conditioning system is checked and changed regularly. A dirty air filter will impact the motors and cause them to fail at the worst possible times.
- Avoid chemicals that aren’t necessary – Chemicals and fragrances in the cleaning agents you use, many of which can contain as many as 20 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), may not be needed if proper cleaning is accomplished in critical areas.
- Keep an eye on humidity – Mold and dust mites love humidity. Ensure your home and family enjoys a proper 30- to 50-percent humidity level.
- Embrace ventilation – Open a window every once in a while. This ensures that the air circulating through your home is replenished by fresh air. The inclusion of a whole-house ventilation system will help in this regard as well.
To learn more and request an inspection of the indoor air quality of your home, contact Pacific Aire, Inc. Since December 1990, our team of HVAC professionals have been satisfying clients throughout the Ventura and Santa Barbara area.
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