Many homes are inadequately ventilated and improper air exchange is a direct cause of low indoor air quality. Air exchange is simply the introduction of fresh air from the outdoors to a home and the expelling of stale indoor air, but opening your windows simply isn’t enough. Homes need specially designed ventilation systems to circulate air properly and ensure that air exchange levels are meeting minimum requirements.
A lack of ventilation can cause the buildup of a wide range of impurities, pollutants and contaminants in indoor air. In a typical home, there are trillions of contaminating particles in the air, which include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like CFCs, solvents and certain paint coatings; inorganic particulate matter like dirt and dust; microorganisms like viruses, dust mites, mold spores and bacteria; and dangerous gases and vapors including radon, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
During the summer cooling season, there are several easy strategies you can use to boost your indoor air quality. First, be sure to change your air conditioner’s filters at least once a month all summer long to prevent built-up dust and dirt from being forced into your vents, and to help your air conditioner run smoothly and more easily. You should also keep your vents and registers clear of dust, and if you haven’t had your ducts cleaned for a while, investing in professional service might be a good idea. Preventive maintenance on your HVAC equipment can also reduce the circulation of particulate matter. Also, be sure to dust, mop, sweep and vacuum regularly, and ask smokers to step outside.
Ventilating your home poses special challenges during the winter, when the cold weather doesn’t allow much for opening the windows. Thus, it is even more vital that you have a dedicated ventilation system in place to prevent indoor air quality from suffering during heating season.
Winter or summer, you can trust the professionals at Home Comfort Experts to prioritize your indoor air quality with helpful products and services. Whether you just need some advice, want to improve home ventilation or need your HVAC equipment serviced, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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