As NJ residents make their homes more energy efficient and airtight, they are also actually sealing off their home from fresh air and locking the pollutants in, ultimately affecting the indoor air quality. This could cause a rise in both pollutants and allergens. If your HVAC system is in need of repair, it could be adding to the problem; your annual furnace repair can help to keep the indoor air quality at its best: clean and comfortable year-round.
Some indoor pollutants can include mold, pet dander, pollen and dust mites and may be more polluted than you think. According to the EPA the levels of indoor pollutants may be up to 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Considering the fact that many people spend 90% of their day indoors, 65% of that in their homes, indoor pollutants can be a concern for the entire family.
Below, our heating experts have put together some simple things you can do to help to improve your home air quality in between your annual maintenance visits to secure indoor air quality and health.
Check and Change Air Filter
Regularly check, clean and change your furnace filter. This is one of the most important (and easiest) things you can do between furnace maintenance visits. Pollen, pet dander, dust and other debris can build up in filters affecting the health of those with sensitivities. In addition, a dirty filter will decrease the efficiency and lifespan of your furnace system.
Vacuum and Clean
Most likely you won’t be opening the windows for fresh air over the next few winter months. Carpets and furniture tend to have a build-up of indoor pollutants. So, it’s important to keep your home as clean as possible over the winter season to prevent dust from disrupting your allergies and blocking your air filter. Consider investing in a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Annual furnace maintenance is not just important to maximize the lifespan of your system, but also to boost the health of you and your family. If your home is experiencing temperature imbalances from room to room, this may be a sign of an inefficient HVAC system. Regular tune-ups by an experienced HVAC technician can eliminate the majority of these issues to ensure peak efficiency year-round.
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According to the American Lung Association, most people spend 60-90% of their lives indoors; if every family took steps to improve their indoor air quality, we would be healthier overall. Knowing what affects the indoor air quality in your home and being able to recognize any signs of dirty air are the first steps to proactively dealing with the problem before it gets too problematic. Pay attention to air filtration, cleanliness and regular furnace maintenance for a cleaner, pollution-free home atmosphere.
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