Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Fall

autumn-974882_1280As temperatures in the Sterling area start to cool, most of us have a priority in mind to make sure our homes will be warm this winter. As a heating and cooling company, we agree that making sure to schedule your fall HVAC maintenance appointment is important, as is caulking and sealing cracks around windows. But it’s also good to keep in mind that a warm, tightly sealed home can quickly become full of indoor air pollutants such as dust mites, pet dander, viruses and chemicals from cleaning products.

If you want to keep your home as breathable as possible this fall and winter, follow these tips to improve your indoor air quality.

Open Windows While You Still Can

While fall temperatures are still mild, keep windows open and use vent fans in the kitchen and bathrooms to eliminate excess moisture that leads to mold growth. If you or a family member suffer from fall allergies, try to at least open the windows during non-peak allergy hours (during the night and early morning).

Use Low-Chemical Products

Many cleaning products and paints emit gases that are harmful to breathe. Especially if using them when your windows are closed, try to buy natural cleaners and products that emit low levels of VOC.

Buy a Better Air Filter

Most air filters remove dust and other small particles from the furnace, but you can find one that removes even the tiniest contaminants. Filters are rated on a scale from 1 to 20, with 20 being the most efficient at removing pollutants, so look for a higher number if you want clean air. It’s possible to reduce allergens, mold, bacteria and virus carriers with the right filter, so talk to a Snell technician for suggestions.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide (CO) is always a risk when using a furnace, gas water heater, fireplace or gas space heater. When your home is tightly sealed, it can be even more deadly. Since CO is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, the best way to prevent poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Most importantly, to be sure your furnace and other gas appliances are safe, you should have a trained HVAC technician inspect them before using them each season.

Call Snell Heating and Air Conditioning to Schedule a Fall Maintenance Visit

If you want to ensure safe, breathable indoor air quality in your home this fall and winter, call Snell to make an appointment. We’ll discuss air filters, carbon monoxide detectors, and gas safety to give you peace of mind that your whole family is safe and comfortable.

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