We all see the results of pollution outdoors. You may live where there’s smog or notice the dark smoke put off by a diesel engine as you’re driving down the highway. But did you know that indoor air quality can be just as bad or worse than outdoor air? Studies say that it can be as much as 2 to 5 times worse than the air outside. So, how do you improve the HVAC air quality in your home? We’re glad you asked. We’ll give you four tips for improving your indoor air quality.
Ask Your HVAC Company About the Right Filters
Regular paper filters in your air conditioner or furnace won’t keep contaminants out of the air. They’re made to protect your HVAC equipment from dust and debris and do nothing to remove pathogens and microorganisms that can affect your health. Instead, have your HVAC company in Fort Collins point you towards HEPA filters which use glass fibers to trap more than 99 percent of dust, pollen and smoke. You can get them ranging from MERV 1 to MERV 12, which measures how well the filter blocks particles of different sizes. Higher ratings are better for removing tiny particles like pollen. You should be changing these filters every 3 months.
Change Other Household Filters
Don’t forget the filters in your air purifiers, vacuum cleaners or clothing dryer. They need to be changed on a regular basis as well. You should also be sure to clean your HVAC registers and vents to keep them clear of contaminants.
Be Smart About Windows
If you live in a large city, the outdoor air may be full of fumes and smog, so think twice about opening the windows for “fresh air.” You might be better off breathing filtered indoor air instead. However, if you’re doing activities that cause indoor air pollution such as painting, cooking or using kerosene heaters, remember to ventilate well by opening a window or using bathroom and kitchen fans.
Get Regular Maintenance on Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system circulates all of your indoor air, so it should be regularly maintained to keep the air clean. Have your HVAC professionals adjust and clean fans and coils and check for refrigerant leaks. You can also talk to our company about installing indoor air quality systems. HVAC air quality can keep you breathing air without debris and pollutants for a healthier household.
Indoor air quality systems and other methods can help keep the air in your home free of pollen and impurities. By keeping up with filter changes and maintenance, you’ll breathe easier all year round.
Contact the Fort Collins HVAC professionals of Tri-City Heating & Air Conditioning today!
Fort Collins: 970-493-0126