Indoor air quality matters. Poor, unfiltered air flow can harbor pollutants and mold that can aggravate allergies and even make you sick. Bruno Air offers three tips to help you improve and maintain the indoor air quality within your home.
Good Indoor Air Quality Requires Proper Filtration
Are you sneezing more lately? Sometimes the air quality improvement you need can be as simple as installing the right filter. If you go to the store, you’ll find a wide selection of air filters to choose from. These filters will range in quality. The key to choosing a quality product lies within the MERV rating. This rating system measures how closely the filter weeds out particles within your system’s air flow.
You’ll want to choose a residential filter that ranges between a nine and a 12 on the MERV scale. Don’t make the mistake of thinking a higher rating is better! Anything above a 12 can actually cause pressure issues inside your HVAC or air conditioning system.
Schedule Regular Preventative Maintenance
Did you replace your air filter only to find you’re still not breathing easily? Ask yourself when was the last time you scheduled a preventative maintenance appointment for your HVAC equipment. Last year? Never? If your answer is either of those, it’s time to pick up the phone!
Just like a car, air conditioning and HVAC systems require regular maintenance. After all, anything that runs 24/7 is going to experience wear and tear. Anticipate to have your air conditioner or heat pump serviced once a year to ensure optimum performance.
This tune-up service should include cleaning your coils and condensate pan. This keeps mold from invading your system and affecting your airflow. Duct cleaning should also be part of the checklist. Dust and other debris will collect inside your ducts over time, which inevitably gets swept up into the air as it flows through your system. It’s also helpful to have leaks diagnosed and sealed to keep insects, rodents and other contaminants out of your system.
Ask for Indoor Air Diagnostics
Sometimes the answer to indoor air quality issues isn’t so obvious. Asking a HVAC professional to test your indoor air can help pinpoint specific information about pollutants and problems in your home. Lab analysis provides additional information that can be analyzed for a more specific solution.
A great example is mold. Mold can aggravate allergy symptoms for many individuals. The determination of mold issues in a home can lead to a need for moisture control, especially in humid climates. Specific products such as UV lamps are available to help control mold inside HVAC equipment. Dehumidifiers are another option that provides a more comprehensive means of controlling humidity and mold inside a home.
Allowing mold to develop unchecked can lead to structural and decor damage. More importantly, it can negatively impact your health. Air conditioners can keep humidity in control even during heavy use, but mild climates like Florida’s may require supplemental dehumidification solutions on top of your system’s efforts.
To learn more about how you can improve the air quality in your home, give Bruno Air a call at 239.908.4704.