As we get further into fall and the temperature continues to drop, homeowners are beginning to shut their windows for the year, making indoor air quality increasingly important. We’ve compiled some air quality tips to help you breathe easy this fall and winter.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Changing furnace filters is always the number one fall air quality tip we have for homeowners because it’s an easy, inexpensive task with a huge return on air quality. Your air conditioner and furnace share the same filter, so the air that has been cooling your home all summer has been passing through the same filter your furnace will be using. It’s recommended that you change your furnace filter at least every 30 days, but that number gets smaller as you add more people and pets to a household. We recommended changing it when you fire up your furnace for the fall so that you can start this fall with a clean slate.
Keep It Clean
Homeowners are sometimes surprised to hear that cleaning floors and keeping surfaces dusted is one of our top fall air quality tips. The air cycle in your home is a semi-closed system, so any dust or air quality contaminants that settle will become airborne as you move around your home. This is why your best day to day defense against poor air quality is keeping your home clean. Consider using a vacuum with a HEPA filter because they effectively trap toxins and pollutants. Mopping is also an effective way to clean because the moisture traps the dust and allergens before they can become airborne.
Whole-home humidifiers are a great way to improve the indoor air quality in your home and improve your health. Dry air can cause a number of respiratory and dermatological issues, and it can also damage the wood framing, floors, and furniture in your home. Humidifiers noticeably increase the comfort level in your home, but they also are a great way to combat airborne contaminants. The moisture molecules in the air trap allergens and contaminants and force them to settle to the ground where they can be vacuumed up. As you can see, this fall air quality tip works in conjunction with all of the others, but it has the most direct impact on your health.
If you need help with your indoor air quality,
HAMCO has the expert advice and products to help you this fall.
HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. has been proudly serving the Greater Hamilton Area for over 70 years. Our team of licensed technicians is dedicated to providing our clients with reliable service and quality products that are built to last.