When you think of indoor air quality, chances are you consider the outdoors of Sacramento, CA, and the surrounding areas. You might be surprised to learn that the air quality within your home is actually less healthy than the outdoor air. Here are three tips on how to maintain healthy air in your home.
1. Upgrade Your Air Filters
Consider upgrading the air filter in your heating and cooling system. Choose the highest minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) that fits in your system. The higher the MERV, the smaller the particles it collects. Check and clean or replace the filter every 30 to 60 days. Once per year, check the exhaust filters in your kitchen and bathroom fans. A clean air filter also boosts HVAC efficiency by up to 15%.
2. Clean Your Air Ducts
Every three years, schedule a professional air duct cleaning. The debris that your air filters do not capture can settle into your air ducts. Mold spores and dust also accumulate there. Each time your heating or cooling system cycles, some of those allergens get into your living space. Regular duct cleaning could lessen your allergy symptoms.
3. Reduce Indoor Pollutants
You can also reduce the number of indoor air pollutants in your home. Choose low- or no-VOC adhesives, sealants and paints for hobbies and home maintenance. When cleaning, use the exhaust fans to ventilate fumes out of your home. Consider running a dehumidifier in order to discourage mold growth. You could also replace drapes with shades or blinds that do not get dusty. Replace carpeting with hard flooring surfaces that are easier to clean, such as vinyl plank or linoleum. After purchasing new furnishings or plastic items, allow them to off-gas for a few days before bringing them into your home.
We offer indoor air quality solutions in Sacramento to make your home’s air cleaner and healthier. Our qualified technicians also provide water heater services, attic insulation installation, duct cleaning services and heating and cooling inspections, maintenance, repairs and installations. Contact us at CABS Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information about improving the health of your home’s air.