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What Are the Best Ways to Have Better Indoor Air Quality for My Home?

family-in-homeIndoor air quality (IAQ) has never been more on the forefront of people’s minds than now. But poor IAQ has troubled homes for the last few decades: as construction creates more airtight houses to boost energy efficiency, indoor contaminants have fewer ways to escape, and less fresh air sweeps through to help keep the air clean. Chances are high that if you’re concerned about the IAQ of your house, you have good reason.

Thankfully, you can find great help to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Our technicians have more than two decades of experience working to help North Central Florida homes enjoy the best IAQ. We’ve listed below a number of ways to improve your home’s air quality. 

Allow fresh air in on occasion

We’ll start simple—let your house enjoy some outdoor ventilation! Open up the windows and bring a breeze through the house. You can’t do this all the time, of course, not with the often hot and humid weather we have. But on a cooler day when you don’t need to run the AC, let your house enjoy a “breather.” 

Change the HVAC system’s air filter regularly

We often remind our customers that the air filter on their HVAC cabinet doesn’t help to improve IAQ. It protects the interior of the cabinet. If it becomes clogged, however, it can harm IAQ! Not only can it mean more dust getting into the ductwork, but in our humid climate mold can easily start growing in it, and that will spread throughout the house! Check the filter every month, and you’ll need to change it every one to three months.

Install special air filters

These filters are different from the standard one on the HVAC cabinet: they’re designed to remove particulate matter from circulating through the household air, including dust, dust mites, dander, lint, and pollen. These air filters require professionals to install them, since they have to be integrated into the ductwork to fit. You’ll also need professionals to find the right match of filter strength to your HVAC system.

Install a whole-house air purifier

Air purifiers offer an extra level of air cleaning along with air filters. They work through processes like ionization and UV lights to eliminate smaller contaminants that create asthma and allergy triggers, but don’t place any resistance against the movement of air. If you’re interested in an air purifier in Alachua, FL, we can help you find the right type and model and then install it where it will do the most good.

Have the ductwork tested and sealed

Leaking air ducts not only impair the function of the air conditioning and heating system, they can allow musty and moldy air to infiltrate the air circulating through your home. If you haven’t had your home’s ducts tested in five years or more (or have never had it done), arrange for this service with us so we can locate if your house has leaks that need sealing. 

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