No matter how much time you may spend inside your home, indoor air quality matters. Poor indoor air quality can lead to a host of problems, ranging from respiratory health issues to unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system. The good news is that there are ways to improve your breathing air. Here is how to improve your home’s indoor air quality:
1. Schedule an Annual HVAC Tune-Up
When was the last time your home’s HVAC system was inspected and tuned up by a professional? If it’s been more than a year, now is a great time to schedule an annual tune-up and even consider enrolling in an annual maintenance plan with a trusted HVAC company.
Annual tune-ups are great for making sure your heating and cooling systems are in tip-top shape, and they can help to improve your indoor air quality.
2. Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Air filters play an important role in removing dust, debris, and other impurities from the air before it is sent out through your home’s vents; however, air filters are only efficient when they’re clean. Over time, they will become clogged and will not be able to remove particles from the air as efficiently, so it’s important to replace your HVAC air filters regularly.
Replacement air filters are inexpensive and can be found at any home improvement or hardware store. In addition, they only take a few moments of your time to replace. Make sure you’re replacing yours at least once every few months for the best indoor air quality.
3. Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
Over time, dust and debris can settle inside your home’s ductwork. As your heating or cooling system operates, that debris can end up in the air you breathe. The best way to remove this dust and debris from your ducts is to have your ductwork professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. A reputable HVAC company will have the tools and equipment needed to thoroughly clean out your home’s ductwork. As a result, you’ll have less dust and debris circulating through the air you breathe. Ideally, you should have your ducts professionally cleaned once a year.
4. Replace or Repair Ductwork as Needed
Professional duct cleanings can help immensely with indoor air quality – provided that your home’s ductwork is still in good working condition. Older ductwork (over 10-15 years old) will eventually develop leaks, gaps, and other issues that can impact indoor air quality. Even a small leak in your ductwork can allow dust and debris to enter, which will eventually make its way into the air you breathe.
If your home’s ductwork hasn’t been replaced or overhauled within the past 10 years, you may want to consider scheduling an assessment with an HVAC professional to see if you could benefit from replacing your ductwork. This can not only improve your indoor air quality but may also help boost the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and make your home more comfortable.
5. Consider an Air Purification System
Getting an air purification system can be a great way to significantly improve your indoor air quality. There are many different types of purification systems available; some are installed and connected directly with your HVAC system, whereas others are free-standing. Some may also require some retrofitting or modifications to your existing ductwork.
Not sure which type of air purification system is right for your needs? Schedule a consultation with an HVAC professional that offers air purification systems; they will be able to recommend an option based on your needs and budget.
At Cote’s Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a wide range of services to help you improve your home’s indoor air quality. From professional air duct cleanings to regular HVAC maintenance, we do it all. We even offer indoor air quality testing so you can get a better idea of how clean the air you breathe is.
To schedule service with our team at Cote’s Mechanical or to find out more about what we do, give us a call at (940) 458-4980. We look forward to helping you optimize your indoor air quality.