With enhanced insulation, weatherproof windows and doors and improved heating and air conditioning systems, homes today are more energy-efficient than ever. While all these advantages offer great comfort solutions for homeowners, this can come at the expense of indoor air quality. While airtight replacement windows may be beneficial when it comes to heating and cooling your home, they do have the disadvantage of keeping out fresh outdoor air, resulting in stale air.
This winter, as you power up your home’s furnace, it might be useful to take a look at giving your home a little breathing space by allowing fresher air into circulation. Here are a few of the best indoor air quality tips from our experts at McMaster Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to help you get started.
Stick to a Maintenance Schedule
Your HVAC system needs maintenance in the same way that your car does. And, just like your car, its performance can be significantly affected if you don’t care for it regularly. In addition to annual inspections, you also need to schedule seasonal tune-ups, particularly before the summer and winter seasons. This will not only contribute to your machine running more efficiently, it can also do wonders for your indoor air quality.
Clean Your Ducts
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, your ducts need to be cleaned at least once every three to five years, so be wary of companies who tell you it needs to be done more frequently.
Use an Air Purifier
If your heating and air conditioning system is prone to accumulating dust from the outdoors, consider retrofitting it with an air purifier. These devices will not only do a better job than filters alone at eliminating contaminants from the air, they can also protect you from disease-causing bacteria and viruses.
Let Our Professionals Help You Improve Your Air Quality
At McMaster, we’re your leading provider of HVAC maintenance and home comfort solutions. Give us a call at (949) 481-7995 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on new installations today. We serve homeowners in Orange County.