How is your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ)? Could it be better? If you’ve noticed allergy symptoms worsening or you find you’re sneezing more than normal, you probably have dirty air. Most people don’t realize how dirty their home’s air is and they might be better off breathing the air outside of their home. The good news is that it’s easy to improve the IAQ in your home. Check out these tips from Cox Air for breathing easier in your home.
Change Your HVAC Air Filter
You’ve probably heard this repeated a million times, but it’s true. Dirty air filters are horrible for your home’s IAQ. The cheap filters inserted into your HVAC system are not designed to handle months and months of dirt and debris. Most filters get dirty within 30 days, although there are some filters that have the ability to go 60-90 days between changes. Check your HVAC manufacturer recommendation for air filter changing and stay on a consistent replacement schedule for better IAQ.
Clean Your Ductwork
The duct system in your home is responsible for moving air to the vents in your home. If your air ducts haven’t been cleaned in a while, every time air pushes out of the vents, it brings with it tiny particles of dust, dirt, and other debris. You don’t see this because the particles are so tiny. However, they’re there, and they’re making it harder for you to breathe in your home. Luckily, air duct cleaning isn’t something that needs to be done every year. The average home benefits from air duct cleaning services every 3-5 years.
Don’t Smoke Indoors
Are you a smoker? If so, keep the cigarette smoke outside of your house. Smoking indoors doesn’t do your IAQ any bit of good. The same goes for vaping. These are activities best left for the outdoors. Doing so also means you’ll get a longer lifespan from your home’s HVAC filter and you won’t need air duct cleaning as regularly.
Invest in an Air Purifier
If you’re really concerned about your home’s air quality, consider investing in an air purifier. There are a few different varieties. There are single room varieties that purify the air in one room at a time. Or, purchase a bigger model that is powerful enough to clean several rooms at once. However, if you’re really concerned about IAQ, consider installing a whole-house purifier. For people who don’t want to or need to replace their HVAC unit, there are purifiers that can be installed on the existing HVAC system. However, if you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, there are many affordable systems with air purifiers built in.
Are you on a mission to breathe easier in your home? If so, improving your IAQ needs to be your #1 priority. When you have cleaner air, you feel better, have fewer colds, lower your doctor and prescription bills, and feel comfortable in your own home. To learn more about air purifiers or to schedule maintenance service, contact the friendly professionals at Cox Air today!