How to Improve Air Quality and Feel Healthier
Get Rid of Humidity
This is especially true in areas like South Carolina, where moisture in the air is such an expected part of daily life. Unfortunately, the impact is much different inside than in the great outdoors. Humid environments can breed mold and make it harder to cool yourself down.
Humidity Breeds Mold
Wherever moisture comes into contact with building materials inside your home, you run the risk of developing mold. It’s essential that leaks are identified, sealed and any affected areas are completely dried or removed right away. Once mold starts, it’s easily spread with the release of spores. These tiny particles can irritate your lungs, aggravating breathing problems or creating them.
Humidity Can Overheat You
If your home is too humid, it can even mess with your body’s ability to cool itself. Anyone who’s walked outside as of late knows that high humidity can make temperatures seem even hotter. This isn’t just an illusion. The more water that is in the air, the less sweat gets wicked away from your body and your temperature can’t be lowered naturally.
Indoors this can mean irritability, crankiness, headaches and even sleepless nights. Thankfully there are a number of HVAC remedies for humidity levels in your home.
Change Air Filters
Air filters don’t last forever. If you want to keep your air clean and your equipment running right, you have to change them out on a regular schedule.
Just how often depends on a few factors:
- What is the MERV rating of your filter? MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It’s a numeric rating system aimed to help people choose filters based on how many contaminants they want removed from their indoor air. The higher the MERV rating, the more contaminants are removed and the faster a filter will be clogged and need to be changed.
- How clean are your ducts (and your house)? The more dirt and debris that winds up in your ductwork, the more particles will be caught in your filter. It makes sense to change a dirty filter as soon as is reasonable. Dirty units will block the flow of air and lead to energy waste.
- What size filter does your system take? There are plenty of sizes which work well with flat, affordable air filters. Others require ultra-thick filters or permanent, washable units that need to be changed just a few times a year.
Even if you call a technician just to come out and change your filters, it’s a good idea to ask them how to better maintain your units in the meantime. If it all seems like too much to take on, or you’re not sure if you’ll get around to it when the time comes, it might be time to talk about a preventative maintenance contract.
Simple HVAC Upgrades That Improve Air Quality
There are a few basic upgrades that can seriously improve air quality, but maybe either weren’t invented or in common use when your system was installed.
- Furnace filters have gotten much better. A professional technician knows about the latest products on the market, as well as more affordable high-MERV filters than you can find in the store. Have the experts recommend the best filter changing the schedule for you as well, so you’re never overtaxing your furnace or air conditioner.
- Ventilate select areas of your home. The kitchen, bathroom, attic, and basement are just a few areas you may want to use special equipment. Circulating fresh air throughout your home is integral to keeping pollutants down, especially in those areas where there is more moisture or more chemicals to be found.
- Consider your air filtering options. Carolina Comfort has access to state-of-the-art air purification devices. These can be stand-alone units or components attached to HVAC systems. They typically use a combination of a high-quality filter and UV lighting to capture and destroy harmful particles.
Preventative Maintenance and Indoor Air Quality
More than likely, you don’t have time to keep up on semi-annual HVAC equipment maintenance. A preventative maintenance contract is often the way to go. With our annual HVAC maintenance contracts, a technician inspects your system once a year to keep your equipment running properly and the air you breathe clean.