4 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality and Avoid Illness this Fall

Raise your hand if you are OVER this hot, humid weather? We'll probably regret ever wishing away the heat once we're bundled up in a gazillion layers to stay warm, but for now, we're all tired of spending all of our time indoors because it's too hot outside to enjoy ourselves. On top of that, with COVID-19 rates continuing to rise (just as the kids go back to school might we add), many of our customers are wondering if there's more they can do to improve their indoor air quality. The short answer is YES, and today we'll discuss four of the best steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality and avoid getting sick this fall.

Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Pre-pandemic, many of us never gave much thought to indoor air quality; mostly because so many of us were away from home for most of the day and the places we spent our time were responsible for providing clean air. However, that all changed in March 2020 when many of us were sent home to flatten the curve...and led us to over a year and counting at home. While most schools are planning for a normal in-person school year, many employers have even opted to have their employees continue working at home as they've found that productivity has actually improved.

While working from home may seem like a great idea, we've found that many of our customers are now paying attention to things around their house that they've never noticed before. In particular, those who are semi-prone to allergies or have asthma or other respiratory diseases are finding that their homes aren't nearly as "clean" as they thought they were. Dust seems to be multiplying like rabbits and sneezing has reached "SUS" status.

The quality of our air starts with the quality of our HVAC system, as the conditioned air supplied to each room in your home can only be as clean as the system itself. Things like changing out your air filter or inspecting your ductwork start to become a little more important when you realize that 90% of your day will be spent in one space; and if dirt, mold, dust, grime or other pollutants exist in the system, then it's also being spread throughout your home. Yuck!

What's a homeowner to do?

4 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

1. Schedule an Inspection

We regularly advise our customers to schedule routine inspections or maintenance checks on their HVAC system as a standard best practice. However, when it comes to improving indoor air quality, it's a great way to insure that all of the components of your HVAC system are running at optimal levels. Give us a call and one of our professional technicians will come out, change out the air filter and repair anything that may not be working, then prepare your system for Fall.

2. CLEAN!

If you're at all concerned about indoor air quality, then you first have to ask yourself if you're doing a good job of cleaning around the house. Is there dust collecting on the shelves? When was the last time you cleaned the toilets? Forget the air filters if you're not doing your part to keep a clean home.

While we won't speak to weekly cleaning rituals, we do heavily endorse the idea of giving your home a good scrub at the beginning (or end) of each season. This will knock off any dust that may be floating around, improve your indoor air quality and prevent you from getting sick this season.

3. Take Your Shoes Off

We've met a lot of customers who insist that everyone who enters their home remove their shoes at the door. Yes, it prevents messy feet from tracking in dirt and other grossness from making it's way across your clean floors and carpets, but it's also preventing those same pollutants from making their way into your HVAC system and polluting your air. It takes a little rewiring if you're not used to leaving your shoes at the door, but we find it's worth the effort. And, as an added bonus, you'll never lose your shoes if they're always left at the door.

4. Dust Often

Dust is going to happen whether your dust daily, weekly or wait until you can write elaborate messages, but dust is also one of the main contributors in how clean or dirty the air in your home is. Since we know that gas-forced heating and air conditioning will blow around dust in each room as well as distribute dust and other contaminants from outside, it's worth the time and energy to dust often. That includes dusting your surfaces, fan blades, the fake plants and anything else that may have dust.

Avoid getting sick this season by spending a little time now to make sure that your home and your HVAC system is in tip-top shape. If you work through these 4 steps, we have no doubt that your indoor quality will be exactly what you want it to be.

If you have any additional questions about keeping your home as healthy as possible, give call Choice HVAC  a call at 919-435-2711. We'll be happy to discuss all of your options.

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