4 Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality in your Atlantic Beach, Florida, home can lead to more severe allergy symptoms and other respiratory health problems like asthma. Pollutants like dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen and microbial can also cause expensive breakdowns, shorten your air conditioner’s lif and increase your utility bills. Improve your indoor air quality by cleaning regularly, avoiding volatile organic compounds, changing your air filter routinely and investing in an air cleaner.

Clean Regularly

Dust and vacuum at least twice per week to keep contaminants from accumulating. Also, use a damp cloth to clean air registers, ceiling fans, exhaust fans and windowsills. Wash your sheets and blankets once per week and ask people to take off their shoes before they enter your home. Every week, rinse your outdoor HVAC system with a garden hose to keep pollen and grass clippings from getting into your unit and spreading through your home.

Avoid VOCs

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that evaporate at room temperature. They include formaldehyde, toluene, acetone, xylene and benzene, and they can cause serious health problems.

VOCs are common ingredients in paints, cleaners and air fresheners. You should store these substances in a shed or garage and use them in well-ventilated areas. Look for paints without volatile organic compounds. When possible, choose natural cleaners and air fresheners.

Change Your Air Filter

You should change your air filter once per month so that it can catch as many airborne pollutants as possible. A dirty filter will spread contaminants through your home and into your lungs, instead of catching them. It can also block your HVAC system’s airflow, forcing your system to work harder and use more energy to keep you and your family comfortable.

Invest in an Air Cleaner

A high-quality air cleaner can capture and remove the tiniest of particles in your home, including allergens and bacteria. It’s up to 100 times more effective than a standard HVAC filter at purifying your home’s air supply.

Cool R Us, Inc A/C & Heating can help you install, maintain and repair a variety of HVAC equipment, including devices to improve your indoor air quality. Call us anytime for outstanding service.

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