Be honest, how often do you really think about the air quality in your home? You, like most people, probably wait until your allergies are acting up or you notice those not-so-pleasant smells coming from the air vents that remind you that it might be time to change out the filters? It’s okay! We all do it. But it isn’t often that we consider the quality of the air we breathe in our own homes until something comes up that begs the attention. Today, EcoZapp is here to explain some signs that the air quality in your home needs to be improved and provide some tips on how you can fix or even prevent these issues, so that you and your family can be cool and healthy year-round. Oh, and did we mention that these tips can save you thousands of dollars in energy costs?
Venting the Air
Let’s start with the most important things to consider: the health of your family. According to the EPA, the air in your home can be more harmful than the air outside if not given the proper attention. Harmful bacteria, cigarette smoke, and even overuse of household cleaners are all things that play into damaging the air you live with. While it may not seem ideal, especially in either very hot or very cold areas, opening a window or a door for 15 to 30 minutes a day can reduce these pollutions drastically. We recommend doing this at either dawn or dusk so that your AC can stay running at a steady pace.
Getting Rid of Dust and Odor
Dust and bad smells can come from a variety of sources, including pets, people, and even just the area you live in. Drier areas have more dust whereas more humid areas can experience more mold and other microbial threats. Either way, these factors damage the quality of the air in your home and make it uncomfortable, and perhaps even unfit, to live in. Lucky for you, there a number of easy and affordable options. One solution is to invest in an indoor air purifier, which runs $200 and $300 on average. A cheaper, more earth friendly version of this is to buy pollen-free plants such as ivies and succulents, which can act as purifiers by cycling out the carbon dioxide and producing cleaner oxygen in your home. If you enjoy cooking, this could be a good chance for you to grow herbs and spices in your home. They add a pleasing aesthetic and all you need to do is water them as needed!
Fixing Air Flow Issues
The flow of the air in your home can make or break the quality of the air you breathe. Inconsistency in air flow can be a sign that you need to clean your air ducts, and make sure they are sealed. Small holes and cracks in air duct systems can damage both air quality and flow and can unnecessarily increase your monthly bills. These issues are best fixed by professionals; however, you can perform small fixes by rotating your air ducts, changing air filters, and leaving ceiling fans on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Keeping Up with HVAC Maintenance
This one may seem obvious, but as we mentioned before, these things can just slip our minds. They come a few times a year, but when they do, they’re a pain to deal with. We recommend setting reminders in your smartphones or calendars to receive routine maintenance during the cooling seasons, fall and spring. This way, you can avoid the sudden panic of a broken HVAC system and prepare for when the weather is at its worst. You’ll have peace of mind and constant comfort year-round.
Indoor Air Quality in College Station/Bryan, TX
If you live in College Station or Bryan, TX and need a high-quality, professional HVAC service, look no further than EcoZapp A/C Efficiency. We offer air quality inspections to identify poor air quality as well as services to improve the overall efficiency of your HVAC system. We want to save you money and give you a sound mind for the whole year. Indoor air quality is important to us and our team knows just how to improve the air quality you and your family. For more information, please contact one of our friendly professionals at your convenience!