Up until the last month or so, you likely took your home's air quality for granted. Most of us do. In fact, unless you live with respiratory problems, you likely don't pay attention to the overall air quality at all. But, COVID-19 changed all of that. Not only is it cold, flu and allergy season, but the coronavirus has forced the entire state of North Carolina to stay at home. As such, we're all paying closer attention to our health and taking extra care to make sure that the air in our homes is clean. But how do you know that the air you're breathing while under quarantine is clean? Today we'll discuss 4 ways to improve air circulation in your Cary home such that you stay healthy while under stay at home orders.
We know that the people most vulnerable to respiratory infections such as the coronavirus are those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, those with chronic conditions and those too young to receive all of their vaccinations. These people may even be more susceptible to harmful bacteria that’s filtered throughout your home every time the HVAC turns on.
But those aren't the only people who should be concerned with having good air quality. Even stress can cause a normal healthy person's immune system to be compromised. When your immune system is down, it can't always filter out the harmful pollutants in the air; which makes it even more important that you conduct due diligence and ensure that everything in your home is working as well as it should be.
4 Ways to Improve Air Quality
1. Install a Whole-House Humidifier
A whole-house humidifier can drastically improve the air quality in your home. When inclement weather (or stay at home orders) forces you to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed for extended periods of time, a whole-house humidifier can help you maintain premium air quality.
Low humidity, or dry air, is known to increase your chances of contracting cold and flu viruses. We can only imagine that the same can be said for COVID-19. Low humidity can also trigger asthma. In addition, dry air can also lead to dry eyes and dry skin. A whole-house humidifier puts moisture back into the air and reduces those health problems.
In addition to the health problems we discussed above, dry air can make your home feel cooler, which can cause you to unnecessarily use your furnace. Dry air also causes lingering odors and excessive static electricity (check your laundry). A whole-house humidifier can make your home feel more comfortable and fresh.
Finally, poor indoor air quality can lead to rapid deterioration of your home including the bubbling and cracking of paint, peeling wallpaper, warping hardwood floors, rotting furniture and more. A whole-house humidifier is a good way to improve your Cary home's indoor air quality and protect your home (and belongings).
2. Upgrade Your Air-Filtering Fans
If air quality continues to be a problem, you may want to consider upgrading your air-filtering fans in your bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, kitchen, and attics.
Air circulation in these rooms is particularly important as the exchange of fresh air removes mold spores which can grow on fabrics and walls, which can deteriorate the structure of your home long term. By replacing the air-filtering fans in rooms that typically generate a lot of moisture or odors with a newer model, you should notice a significant improvement in air circulation. Upgrading your air-filtering fans should also ensure that odors, moisture, and bacteria do not re-enter your air supply.
3. Weatherize Your Doors and Windows
You may be experiencing air quality problems as a result of leaks in your windows and doors. When was the last time you checked that your doors and windows were properly sealed to prevent allergens from entering your home? On a similar note, have you checked that your ducts are properly sealed to prevent air from leaking where it shouldn't be?
You should be checking your windows and doors at least twice a year, particularly during the winter and summer as you don't want to waste valuable warm or cool air. Simply walk your home and check your window panes, storm windows and exterior doors (front, side, garage, etc.) for any cracks. Replace any that are damaged, caulk around your windows and apply weather stripping around your doors if you notice any breeze slipping in.
4. Schedule a Maintenance Check
Finally, if you're experiencing air quality issues and you've worked your way through the first three steps, it may be time to schedule a maintenance check.
One of the best ways to ensure that your HVAC system is running efficiently and keeping your family comfortable is to schedule an annual maintenance check with a qualified HVAC technician. During your tune-up, your HVAC technician will make sure your system is clean and lubricated while also checking for any repair needs. Proper air circulation is more important than ever, so now is a great time to make sure your system is running the way it should be.
Whether you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, or you're thinking about upgrading your equipment, Choice HVAC in Cary can help.