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How to Protect Indoor Air Quality This Season

woman-blowing-noseThose homeowners who think that heating their homes in the winter and cooling them effectively with their air conditioners in the summer is all there is to year-round comfort are making a huge oversight. We are not going to argue against the importance of reliable temperature management in your home. You’d be remiss, however, to overlook just how important it is that you are also able to maintain high indoor air quality throughout your living space.

To that end, we want to give you some tips about how you can do just that this season. The summer and winter months are tough on indoor air quality for a few different reasons. Some issues causing low indoor air quality, such as the actual location of your home in proximity to major roadways or agricultural areas, cannot be entirely eliminated. With the right systems and services, however, our IAQ and HVAC contractors in Dallas, GA can help you to enjoy better air quality in your home.

Allow for Sufficient Ventilation

Today’s homes tend to be sealed up extremely tightly. The reasoning behind this is that a tightly sealed home is going to cut down on unwanted heat transfer, both into and out of your home, depending upon the season. This is great news for homeowners who are concerned about inefficiency in heating and cooling their homes. It is not so great, however, for those homeowners seeking great indoor air quality.

When there is not enough ventilation in your home, the air can grow stale. While you are not going to be running an air conditioner with the windows open for improved ventilation, you can use a heat or energy recovery ventilator to help you strike the right balance between energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality.

Take a Multi-Pronged Approach to Cleaning Air

The air filter in your HVAC system is not there to boost indoor air quality. That standard filter is there to protect your HVAC equipment itself. Using a more efficient (but not too efficient) filter will help to remove pollutants from the air in your home. You may also choose to use an air purifier if you want to take a more active approach to boosting indoor air quality.

By pairing pollutant-removal based systems with the pollutant-destruction capabilities of UV air purifiers, you can take the multi-pronged approach necessary to really clean up the air in your home. That way, you remove airborne pollutants but are also able to deal with potential health threats like viruses, mold spores, and bacteria.

Seal Those Ducts

Okay, so you’ve got some pollutants in your home. That happens. No home is going to be entirely free of dust, pollen, and pet fur. That does not mean that you have to be distributing pollutants around throughout your home via your air ducts, however! But that’s just what you’ll be doing if your air ducts are not properly sealed.

By sealing your ductwork, you can keep pollutants out of the system. You also boost energy efficiency. Call us if you need any air duct services.

Schedule all of your IAQ services with Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.

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