3 Tips for Boosting Your Home’s IAQ This Fall
Many homeowners in Abbeville, LA, are shocked to learn that the air quality in their homes is up to five times worse than the outdoor air quality. As the weather gets cooler this autumn, you’ll spend more time in your home. Use these tips to improve your home’s indoor air quality and breathe easier while you sleep and relax.
1. Increase Ventilation
Homes built within the past 20 years typically have tight building envelopes. While a tight building envelope reduces unwanted air leaks, it also keeps the stale, polluted and humid air inside your home. Consider installing mechanical ventilation, such as a whole-house fan or a heat or energy recovery ventilator.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Set a reminder on your phone or calendar to check your heating and cooling system’s air filter once each month. Don’t wait more than three months between filter replacements. Invest in an air filter with a minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) of 13 to 15. Filters with these MERV ratings capture 95% or more of particles, including dust and oil droplets. Consider purchasing new filters in bulk to save money.
3. Rethink What You Bring Into Your Home
Many of the items you use every day could be releasing contaminants into your home’s air. Plastics, adhesives, paints, cleaning products, cosmetics, solvents, pesticides, candles, fireplaces, and furniture may release volatile organic compounds. When you buy new products, such as plastic toys or a chair coated in a stain-resistant sealant, allow it to off-gas outdoors or in your garage for a few days. Choose low- or no-VOC items, including paints and hobby supplies. When using products that off-gas, use exhaust fans, and keep them on for 10 minutes after ceasing use of the item.
Count on us at F & R Air Conditioning, Inc. for reliable indoor air quality solutions. We’re also available to provide you with heating and air conditioning repair, replacement, and maintenance. Our UV lights, dehumidifiers, ductwork, air balancing, geothermal and sheet metal services boost your home’s cleanliness, comfort, and efficiency. Call us today to learn more about indoor air quality services.