According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 26 million people in the US have asthma, with allergic asthma being the most common type at close to 60%. Maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the best ways to minimize allergies and asthma attacks. In this blog, HVAC contractor McLay Services Inc. shares the ways you can maintain good indoor air quality.
Clean or Replace Your Air Filters Regularly
HVAC filters trap impurities found in the air, such as dust, dirt and debris. Air filters are ideally replaced (or cleaned, if you have the reusable ones that came with your HVAC system) every two or three months. It’s a good idea to make a habit of inspecting your air filters regularly in seasons of heavy use, such as during the summer months when they may need cleaned or changed sooner. Clean air filters also help keep your HVAC system more energy efficient by minimizing clogs that increase its workload.
If you find that you’re having to replace your air filters too often, you may need to upgrade to high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters or electrostatic filters. These high-efficiency filters have a greater capacity for trapping particulates, and can trap smaller particles that go right through typical air filters. These air filters are available in standard sizes and should fit most air conditioning systems.Allow Fresh Air In
The HVAC system recirculates indoor air, which at some point has to be flushed out to allow fresh air in. Opening the windows for at least 15 minutes a day enables an air exchange to take place by allowing stale air out, while the resulting air pressure pulls fresh air into the room. You don’t have to open all the windows in a room to do this: two will be enough. One window serves as the exhaust vent, while the other is the intake vent. Use your window screens to reduce particulates that may be pulled into the room as well.Keep Your HVAC Systems Clean and Well Maintained
Air ducts typically require cleaning every three-to-five years. Keeping up with scheduled cleaning can go a long way in helping maintain good indoor air quality. Keeping your HVAC system well maintained and addressing any leaks in the vents will also make your HVAC system more efficient.Call McLay for Your HVAC and Indoor Air Quality Needs
McLay Services Inc. is your leading provider of air conditioning repair and installation services. Give us a call at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Pomona and Claremont, CA.