The air conditioning unit in your home should be keeping it cool throughout the hot summer months, but it may not be keeping your air quality as high as you would like it on its own. In this article we discuss four simple ways to improve your Northern California home’s indoor air quality.
1. Keep it Clean
Believe it or not, the general cleanliness of your home- particularly the floors- has a major impact on your home’s indoor air quality. Vacuuming once or twice a week with a HEPA filter will remove significant amounts of dust, dirt, dander, pollen, and any number of other contaminants that find their way into your home on shoes, clothing and pets. Mopping any solid floors with with plain water will also limit dust and allergens from entering your air. Floor mats for each entrance to your home can also be helpful in reducing the number of contaminants that even make it into your home.
2. Maintain Low Humidity
While we cannot control the humidity level outside, you can certainly control it in your own home. Moisture levels in your home can be reduced significantly with some very minor lifestyle adjustments, such as drying laundry outdoors, or taking shorter showers. If these measures aren’t doing the job, then you may want to consider having a whole-home dehumidifier installed, which pulls moisture out of the air in your home. When the humidity levels in your home are lower, you and your family will not only feel cooler, but will breathe easier too.
3. Ensure Your Home Has The Right-Size HVAC Unit
Bigger does not always equal better when it comes to residential HVAC systems. Actually, an air conditioning system that is too big for your home will finish its cooling cycles without circulating the air through your home properly. This can rapidly result in higher humidity levels, mold growth, and stale air in your home. Contact our experienced team of HVAC technicians to learn if your unit is appropriate for your home.
4. Improve Ventilation in Your Home
One major culprit of poor indoor air quality is stale or stagnant air. Improving the ventilation in your home can help keep the air fresher. You can make several small changes to your home that will have a large impact to the quality of the air you are breathing in your home. Adding ceiling fans to keep air moving, or exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to pull damp, stale air out of your home. If your home seems constantly stuffy, or does not have adequate ventilation, you may want to consider home ventilation system to circulate fresh air while saving energy at the same time.
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