Many Californians are worried about pollution and the quality of the air outside their homes, but they don’t always think about the quality of the air in their homes. The truth is that the air you breathe at home is likely not free of harmful particles. If you’re not properly maintaining your heating and cooling systems, then you’re likely breathing polluted air. Luckily, Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing is here to offer some simple tips to help you improve air quality in your home.
Air duct cleaning
Over time, dust particles get trapped in the duct walls of your HVAC system. These particles can then blow throughout your system and pollute every room. Luckily, fixing it is as simple as regular air duct cleaning. We suggest you do it every five years, though if you’re living in a home with many pets or you have people in your home with severe allergies, you may want to clean your ducts more often. At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing, we recommend you pair up your duct cleaning with your next maintenance call to save some money.
Make sure you’re using the right filters
Most AC systems have a pleated air filter that removes small particles and allergens. You want to make sure you’re changing this every month so that it can work optimally. There are also media filters, which catch larger dust particles. These only need to be changed every three months, but for homes with people with allergies, we recommend a HEPA filter for the best performance.
Let air in
Many people don’t want to let the air outside in because they think that exterior air is more polluted. What actually happens if you close your home off to outside air is that the moisture levels in your home would likely increase. This can lead to bacteria and mold growth. All you have to do to counteract this is to open up your windows and let the sun and air come into your home. If the sun is out, open your windows to lower humidity levels – and to keep the air healthy.
Invest in an air purifier
You may want to install an air purifier that will treat the air in your home and make it healthier. At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing, we can help you choose an air purifier if you need one. Our experienced staff stays up to date on how to help our clients improve the air quality in their homes. In fact, we’re always here to give you specific tips that apply to your unique needs. Call us at (661) 947-2653 today to set up an appointment.