During rainy winters and hot summers, heaters and air conditioners may make the home comfortable but mask poor air quality.
Brian Remington, general manager of RightTime Home Services, asked homeowners during Care About Your Indoor Air in February to take a moment and do the simple things to make breathing easier and healthier.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality can often be worse than the air pollutants outside. In fact, the EPA estimates that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five leading factors affecting respiratory health in the country.
Improve your in-home air quality year 'round with the following tips:
- Make space for your indoor vents: In order to ensure your indoor air is properly ventilating throughout your home, be sure your indoor vents are not cluttered or covered by furniture or curtains. When air vents are blocked, your HVAC unit uses more energy in efforts to properly ventilate your home, ultimately causing a rise in the cost of your energy bills.
- Replace your air filters: Indoor air filters often collect dust and debris while in use, preventing your HVAC unit from working properly and efficiently. By regularly checking the status of your filters and replacing them roughly every 30 days, you can save money and energy while breathing clean air.
- Don’t neglect your outside equipment: The outside portion of the air conditioner needs your attention too. It is common for mold to grow on outside units due to weather and temperature changes that cause areas of excessive moisture and humidity, the ideal environment for mold growth. Be sure to clean and maintain the condenser to control moisture and improve overall performance all season long.
- Schedule HVAC maintenance: Schedule an appointment with your air conditioning and heating professional to get a thorough inspection of your HVAC unit and help create a home maintenance plan to follow year-round. Routine maintenance of your HVAC unit is crucial to keeping your home safe and healthy for you and your family.
As National “Care About Your Indoor Air” Month comes to a close, remember to show your home some attention and call the HVAC experts at RighTime Home Services to help you learn how to improve your indoor air quality.
By: Brian Remington, general manager of RighTime Home Services, a residential heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality company. For more tips or to make an appointment for your HVAC maintenance or service needs, visit http://www.rightimeservices.com. CA #765074