You might not think too much about the air you’re breathing inside your home, but it can seriously affect your health. Having poor air quality indoors can increase your risk of having health issues, especially if you have asthma or allergies. You can improve the indoor air quality in your San Antonio home by doing one or more of the following:
Keep Humidity Under Control
Having high humidity in your home can lead to mold growth, especially in dark, damp areas. Since some types of mold can cause severe health problems, it’s important to reduce the risk of mold growth. Having low humidity in your home makes the air too dry, which can cause you to have sinus problems and irritated, cracked skin. Keeping the humidity in your home at a healthy level prevents these problems from occurring. You can do this by running a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed and using exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
Get an Air Filter
An air filtration system offers a convenient way to keep the air inside your home as clean as possible on an ongoing basis. These systems help get rid of pollutants and small particles that can build up inside your home, which improves your indoor air quality.
Stop Air Leaks
When you have gaps or other openings around windows and doors, this lets in air from outside. This means that your home can become filled with outdoor air pollutants, which lowers your indoor air quality. Finding and sealing up these gaps stops outdoor air from leaking into your home. Doing this also helps your HVAC system run more efficiently, since you’re not losing heated or cooled air from inside through these openings.
Replace Your HVAC Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system helps to trap particles that flow through your home, including dust, dander and other debris. As time goes by, this filter’s surface can become filled with these particles, which significantly lowers your air quality and forces your HVAC system to work harder. Replacing your HVAC filter with a brand new one on a regular basis prevents this from happening. You should check your filter every couple of months and change it as needed. If you have pets in your home, you should check and change your filter about once a month.
If you’re interested in improving your indoor air quality, please contact MD Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. to schedule an assessment for your San Antonio home. Our team can evaluate your home and recommend ways to make the air inside it healthier.Tags: Air Quality, Humidity, HVAC