Written by Brad Crawford
Maintaining indoor air quality is about more than keeping your Dallas area home smelling fresh. Your home’s air quality affects you and your family’s health, as well. To keep your home’s indoor air clean and healthy, try these simple strategies:
- Maintain your air filters – Once a month, inspect your HVAC system’s air filter to keep the equipment clean and efficient. Change the filter when it looks dirty. For cleaner air, use a pleated or electrostatic filter. If you’re unclear about the right filter for your home’s cooling and heating equipment, consult with a trusted HVAC specialist.
- Keep the dust down – Feather dusters and most cloths just spread dust, and chemical sprays can irritate your airways. Microfiber cloths pick up dust with no need for sprays. Better yet, they’re also reusable.
- Close your windows at night – Pollen is most widespread late at night and in the early morning, so close your windows overnight if you have allergies. If you want to use your A/C overnight, consider installing a programmable thermostat and setting the system to turn off a few hours before dawn.
- Optimize your ventilation – The vents in your kitchen and bath clear out odors and reduce humidity, but they waste a lot of energy just to provide a small amount of ventilation. For a continuous flow of fresh air and better indoor air quality, an energy-recovery ventilation system will provide a more energy-efficient option for your Dallas area home.
- Control humidity – Relative humidity much higher than 50 percent will encourage mold growth. Airborne mold spores can aggravate respiratory problems. To keep your indoor humidity down, consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
- Try a UV-light air cleaner – Ultraviolet (UV) light, the same type of light as sunshine, stops the reproduction of microorganisms such as mold, bacteria and viruses. A UV-light air cleaner fits in your HVAC system and improves indoor air quality by neutralizing microorganisms in the air passing through.
- Test for radon – Radon, a natural yet cancer-causing gas, can enter your home through the ground or well water. Contact the Texas Department of State Health Service’s radon program for a test kit or call an HVAC expert to have your home professionally tested.
For expert advice on efficient ways to improve your indoor air quality, please contact us at Crawford Services. Our well equipped, experienced technicians provide reliable HVAC services in the Dallas area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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