Outdoor temperatures can have a powerful impact on indoor air quality.
Your indoor air quality can be greatly affected by the conditions in the great outdoors. It’s true that furniture, building materials, cleaning supplies, and other common items contaminate your indoor air, but that doesn’t mean you’re entirely safe from the elements behind closed doors. Heat and humidity have a powerful impact.
Look at a few ways you can protect your indoor air right away:
Invest in a dehumidifier.
Do Columbia residents know the impact of humidity on heat? The sticky summer air feels hotter than the desert, regardless
of base temperature. You might think this is all in your head, but the difference is really based in science. When there’s a lot of moisture in the air, there’s less room for sweat to be wicked away from the human skin, and consequently, we retain more of our body heat. Lower that humidity, and you’ll feel cooler, regardless of whether you turn down the thermostat.
Change your filter choices.
HVAC systems have a filter for several reasons, but they may not be what you think. First and foremost, these elements
remove large particles from the air flowing through the heating and cooling system. This protects the system, prevents resistance build up, and cuts down on wear and tear. Advanced filter features work to clean your indoor air. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles are removed. Unfortunately, a dirty filter can seriously limit your AC’s ability to cool the air, so make sure you change them regularly.
Schedule a maintenance call.
Consider joining the Cool Zone, and get discounted maintenance visits and other perks during the year. You can also schedule
individual visits. They include several methods for improving your AC efficiency, including cleaning your condenser coil and making sure your drain line is clear. As an additional benefit, all of your components will be checked for wear and integrity. If any problems are noted, you’ll be alerted to necessary repairs, giving you the chance to fix problems that may be impacting performance.