Indoor air quality is an essential home HVAC consideration, and it’s never more important than during the winter when people spend the greatest amount of time indoors. To make sure your indoor air quality is as high as possible, consider taking the following steps:
Replace your HVAC filters on schedule.
This begins with knowing how many filters your system has, where they’re located, what size they are and how they’re replaced. If you aren’t sure, ask your HVAC technician to show you. Different filter types are designed to be replaced at different intervals, so you should plan your filter schedule each year and mark it on your calendar.
Schedule an air duct cleaning.
Airborne particles can accumulate inside your ducts, contaminating the air flowing through your home and causing foul odors. These particles can even include mold and bacteria, which may cause illness. A professional duct cleaning will strip this grime away and make your indoor air noticeably easier to breathe.
Invest in an air purifier.
If anyone in your home has severe allergies or respiratory problems, high-efficiency particulate air filtration systems are a must!
Upgrade your filters.
Standard fiberglass filters are acceptable for most applications, but if you’re concerned about indoor air quality, you might want to switch to filters with higher Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value ratings.
Use your thermostat’s “fan-on” mode.
Most homeowners set their fan to “auto”, which means that the fan only runs when the HVAC system is actively heating or cooling. Switching the fan to “on” will use more energy, but the constant replacement of indoor air is a reliable way to boost indoor air quality.
If you’ve covered these tasks to improve your indoor air quality but still aren’t satisfied with the results, reach out to Express Home Services! We offer several types of filters, deodorizers, and services that can help turn things around.