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Indoor Air Quality Tips by Russell's Heating & Air Conditioning
Nothing is more important than the air quality of your home. Poor air quality can result in excess allergens that lead to a number of conditions, including severe problems for those with asthma. Additionally, certain pollutants can cause health problems of their own, including everything from simple colds to contamination from gasses or smoke. Here are some tips from for ensuring the safety and quality of your home’s air.
Reduce Purposeful Pollutants:
some pollutants cannot be avoided like pet dander or dust. However, others can be easily avoided by making a few changes to your household rules. In particular, no one should smoke inside the house. Even ignoring the risk of direct second hand smoke (which has long been associated with increased risks of illness), smoking can cause build–ups of many allergens, clog filters, and even change the color of your wall paper or paint.
You should also use proper ventilation or take any toxic fumes outside. This includes painting, cleaning with heavy chemicals, and the use of oil or gas fueled appliances without proper ventilation.
Test for Potential Contaminants:
Always have a carbon monoxide detector in place with working batteries. Test it once a month and check the actual readouts to make sure it is properly calibrated
Repair Any Leaks:
Leaks can occur in your roof, your foundation, and your ductwork and any of those leaks can cause a decrease in air quality in your home. Water leaks in particular can lead to the presence of molds and mildews that will quickly begin to circulate through your ductwork and into your common rooms.
Additionally, leaks in your ductwork can cause gasses and fumes to enter the breathing air of our home, a problem that should be detected immediately by carbon monoxide detectors. Fixing these leaks will help to reduce contaminants and reduce your energy bills.
Have your Cooling and Heating Systems Cleaned:
Dirty air conditioning coils and filters, debris filled ductwork and clogged outside compressors can all lead to an increase in contaminants in your home. Ideally, annual cleaning should take care of these problems, but you should also check to make sure ducts are clean and vents are not blocked. Even during the winter months, keep a close eye on your air conditioner outside to ensure it is not clogged or blocked by tree branches, mud or debris.
Not only does annual cleaning and maintenance ensure excellent air quality, it helps to reduce the workload on our appliances, ensuring they last longer and use less electricity to get the job done.
Proper Ventilation Helps:
While air purifiers and filters are a great first line of defense against air pollutants, ventilation will also help. Most airborne debris and dust can be removed simply by cycling air. When air stagnates inside a sealed house, bacteria and other pollutants are able to build up. Purchasing filtration systems will help to keep air circulating so the filters can catch the air pollutants.