When you think of pollution, what first comes to your mind? Probably not your indoor air quality! Believe it or not, the air in your home can be just as bad or worse than it is outside. And with people spending more time inside than ever, indoor air quality should be of the utmost importance in your home.
Learn 5 preventative maintenance tasks & steps from Frank Gay Services. Scroll down to begin improving your air quality today!
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
The air in your home can become polluted from contaminants brought inside by your pets, asbestos or lead in older homes, off-gassing of paints or plastics, viruses, bacteria, smoke particles, and mold or mildew.
Here are things that you can do right away to improve the air that you and your family are breathing:
Monitor Indoor Air Quality
The first line of defense against indoor pollutants is monitoring the air so you know what you are up against. Air quality monitors can detect carbon monoxide, mold, allergens, VOCs, and other pollutants and display measurements of these contaminants on a screen.
The best air quality monitors will also send an alert when the air quality in your home reaches dangerous levels, and some even have a Wi-Fi feature.
Before spending money on an air quality monitor, make sure that you know what kind of pollutants it can detect. Some air quality monitors can trigger other smart appliances like fans, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers to turn on to ensure that the air quality in your home is as clean as possible.
Preventative maintenance and duct cleaning can help your HVAC run efficiently, control humidity levels, and improve the air quality in your home. Call Frank Gay Services to schedule preventative HVAC maintenance today and our local pros will be there right away!
Change Your Air Filters
If your HVAC air filters are clogged and full of dust, allergens will be circulated throughout your home, causing a host of problems for you and your HVAC system.
We recommend changing your air filters in your home every 30-60 days, especially since we live in a hot and humid climate here in Florida.
Monitor Humidity Levels
Humidity and moisture in your home can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew and can trigger respiratory conditions like asthma and other allergies. To reduce the amount of moisture in the air and help curb the growth of dangerous mold and mildew, set up a few well-placed dehumidifiers.
Generally, the humidity in your home should be between 30-50%.
There are many dehumidifier options on the market today that will work to maintain consistent humidity levels in your home. Plus, lower humidity levels will help your HVAC system work more efficiently.
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Improve Airflow and Ventilation
Whenever possible, open the windows of your home to allow fresh air to flow through your home. This helps to alleviate pollutants in the air and improves airflow. If it isn’t windy outside, use a window or floor fan to encourage better airflow both into and out of your home.
If you notice hot or cold spots in your home, remove any furniture or boxes that may be blocking vents and clean the vents of any dust or debris.
Finally, always use exhaust fans when taking a shower in the bathroom or cooking in the kitchen to help draw moisture and contaminants outside.
Check Your Air Ducts
The air ducts in your home are responsible for distributing hot and cold air throughout your home. If the ductwork of your home is damaged, in disrepair, or dirty, it can distribute contaminants throughout your house. Further, over time, allergens can accumulate in your ducts, reducing the overall air quality in your home.
Do you notice dust accumulating on the surfaces in your home? It may be time to get your air ducts inspected and cleaned! Hire a professional from Frank Gay Services to make sure that your ducts are clean and circulating fresh air.
Improve Your Air Quality with Frank Gay Services
Don’t let poor air quality make your family sick! From UV light air purifiers and duct cleaning to proper HVAC maintenance, we can help you improve the air quality in your Central Florida home.
Our HVAC duct technicians at Frank Gay Services will inspect your home’s air ducts to remove allergens and contaminants and ensure that the air you breathe is fresh and clean. Schedule duct cleaning – simply call Frank Gay today; (407) 329-5145!