Air quality is something that is so important, but is often forgotten about.
What we are breathing into our lungs impacts every part of our body, so it should be a big concern for all of us.
Families with young children, or people who have allergies or asthma should be especially cautious that their homes have an excellent and clean air quality.
Thankfully, there are things we can all do to help ensure that we have good air quality inside our homes.
TFF HVAC Heating, Plumbing, and Sheet Metal wants to give San Jose residents some tips on how to keep the quality of their indoor air fresh and clean this Summer.
Change Your Filters
Air filters are often underappreciated, but they are a very important part of your home and HVAC system.
When working properly they filter out dirt, dust, and pollen.
Filters can also block out larger bits of material and contaminants that could pose fire threats, or even the breakdown of your whole HVAC system.
Keeping your air filters clean, and changing them out when suggested, is the number one recommendation on how to keep the quality of your indoor air pristine.
Make Sure Your Home Has Enough Ventilation
Another great way to assure you have good air quality is to always be vigilant about getting enough ventilation through your house.
Even in cold months, it is a good idea to be opening up some windows, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes to let fresh air come in.
“Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house.
Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate.
Local bathroom or kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors remove contaminants directly from the room where the fan is located and also increase the outdoor air ventilation rate.”
Having a well-ventilated home is a sure-fire way to help improve your air quality.
Keep Your Home Clean
A dirty or dusty home is unlikely to have good air quality.
Cleaning daily is essential to keeping the air in your house clean.
Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and dusting are all going to substantially help your environment be fresh, and the air quality will greatly benefit from this.
Proper cleaning will greatly reduce pollutants, pollen, and dust (the enemies of fresh air) from being in your home.
It makes sense right? Cleaner home, cleaner air!
The world is full of all sorts of toxins and pollutants. It is necessary if you want to have good air quality in your home to identify these toxins and keep them out of your house as much as possible.
As much as cleaning is great and can help keep your air quality good, using the wrong cleaning products can bring toxins into your home and greatly diminish the air quality.
Be sure to read labels and make sure you are only using natural cleaning supplies that will help your air quality, and not hinder it.
Likewise, certain paints can be full of toxins so it is wise to make sure the type of paint in your house is not going to negatively impact your quality of air and ultimately your health.
Maintain Your Air Systems
Much like anything in your home, your HVAC system will need maintenance from time to time to keep it running properly.
Being aware of this and making sure to maintain your system is key to having healthy and quality indoor air.
Perhaps your AC needs a tune up before the heat of summer hits, or you’re interested in upgrading your air filters but don’t know where to start. That’s what professionals are here for!
“We recommend having a licensed professional come in and perform preventative maintenance twice a year, including flushing the coils, checking the drain pan and drainage system, vacuuming the blower compartments, looking at the voltage, checking refrigerant levels in the air conditioning unit, evaluating furnace operation, checking voltage on motors and loose wires.
Spring is a good time to service air conditioning equipment and in the fall, we service heating equipment. With luck, we will catch any problems before they become a major inconvenience.”
A well-maintained HVAC system is essential to having quality indoor air, and the professionals at TFF HVAC are here to give you our filter recommendations, address AC and furnace repairs in San Jose, and inspect your system any time of year.