Take this quick quiz to learn how to improve indoor air quality. Which is more polluted: the air outdoors or indoors? If you guessed outdoors, try again! If you guessed indoors, you probably want to know what you can do to improve indoor air quality in your home. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Air Pollution – Inside?
When it comes to indoor air quality, El Mirage and other locations can be two to five times more hazardous inside than that outside. And since we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors, this is a big problem.
Poor air quality can cause symptoms including headache, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, sneezing, dizziness, allergies, and more. According to OSHA (the Occupational Health and Safety Association), one of the most common causes of bad indoor air quality is poor upkeep of VAC systems. Your AC, which you depend on for comfort, may be a culprit.
Most AC units have filters. As you’d guess, these filter particles from the air. The problem is that they can become dirty or clogged, releasing more particles – dust, mold, mildew, dander, etc. – into the air. Cleaning your filters and replacing them with new ones as needed will help you breathe easier.
It is also important to properly maintain your system; routine cleaning of the unit and air ducts will keep particles from impacting your health. An annual “checkup” for your AC (before the hot season strikes) will ensure your condenser and evaporator are thoroughly cleaned and that your coolant level is optimal. Besides helping improve air quality, this will enable the system to cool more effectively and more efficiently.
One key to both health and comfort is regular HVAC maintenance. El Mirage is hot, and you need your AC in top operating condition. You also need to feel good about the air you breathe. Call the professionals to service your system and clear the air.