Many studies show that indoor air quality is approximately 70 percent worse than outdoor air quality. If you’ve ever taken the time to look around outdoors, it may seem like those studies are wrong. But when you step back inside, you may notice that the air doesn’t appear to be as fresh, there are dust bunnies floating everywhere and that the lighting is not as bright. In most cases, people don’t necessarily open their windows and doors during this time of year. Many of them wait until it is steaming hot outside to leave their doors open long enough to allow a nice amount of fresh air inside to circulate.
Indoor air quality is very important. Since many people spend most of their time inside, they are breathing in more stale and dirty air than they would if they were outside. Instead of allowing themselves to suffer from many common upper respiratory problems that often lead to allergies and other discomforts, people can take measures to improve their air.
Clean to Improve Air Quality
Its spring cleaning time. Start with getting rid of clutter. If you have too many items in your home, then you don’t have much free space to allow air to circulate through. Start getting rid of items that you haven’t used in the last six months. If there are some items that you can’t seem to let go of, rent a storage unit to keep them safe, secure and out of your home. As you start to eliminate all of the extra items you have laying around your home, you may start to notice that the atmosphere feels lighter.
Dirt and Dust Accumulation
Clean your walls and dust your items. Nothing screams poor indoor air quality like dust floating around and leaving a coating on your things. By leaving the dust to settle, you are allowing it to accumulate and to wreak havoc with on your health. Pay attention to where you see dust piling up. If you notice that there are dirt and dust accumulating on your vent and near them, you may need to have your HVAC system inspected. You may also need to have your ducts professionally cleaned and resealed. Dirty vent registers often indicate the presence of leaks in the ventilation system.
Leaking ducts aren’t the worst thing that can happen to your HVAC system, but it is a repair issue that shouldn’t be ignored. As long as the problem persists, it will cause your energy expenses to be higher than normal. You may think that you are saving money and that your energy costs are pretty low and reasonable. But your leaky air ducts could be preventing you from experiencing the true savings you desire.
Frequent HVAC Repair Issues
You may have a need for more HVAC repairs during the seasons you tend to use your heating and cooling appliances the most. During the winter, you may experience issues with your furnace that make it hard for you to keep your home as warm as you’d like without adjusting the thermostat as much. The same goes for during the warmer months. You may find that you have a harder time keeping your place the perfect kind of cool without making it too warm or chilly when you use the air conditioner.
You may also notice that your home has a few areas that seem to remain hot or cold no matter what you seem to do. When there are holes in your HVAC system and ventilation work that needs servicing, you won’t be able to get the best efficiency from your HVAC appliances. Most of the air and energy they create will escape and leak outside through the openings in your ventilation.
Now is a good time for you to make changes to improve your home’s indoor air quality and its HVAC system. For more suggestions on appropriate changes to make or to schedule service for HVAC inspections, repairs and replacements, contact the professionals at M & A HVAC Services today!