If the indoor air quality in your Surprise, Arizona, home is low, you and your family could suffer from asthma and allergy symptoms, eye irritation, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, or other health problems. Dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, biological growth, and other contaminants can also shorten your HVAC system’s life, increase your power bills, and cause expensive, inconvenient breakdowns. For excellent indoor air quality, clean often, avoid volatile organic compounds, use an air purifier, and maintain your HVAC system regularly.

Clean Often

You should vacuum and dust at least twice per week to keep pollutants from building up in your home. Take off your shoes when you come inside to avoid tracking in pollen or dirt. Also, clean your HVAC system’s air registers with a damp cloth, along with light fixtures and ceiling fans. If your outdoor unit is covered with dirt, leaves, grass clippings, or other debris, rinse it off with a garden hose. Don’t use a power washer because it could cause damage, and make sure there’s no vegetation growing near your unit. You can also protect your HVAC system by adding an awning. The extra shade will make it more efficient by cooling the air around it as well.

Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, like formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, acetone, and xylene evaporate at room temperature. They’re common in glues, fragrances, cleaners, and paints, but they can lead to health problems. If you use commercial cleaners, always make sure the room has plenty of ventilation. Better yet, use natural products whenever you can. Instead of air freshener, simmer a few cinnamon sticks or cloves on the stove or make a fragrant sachet with potpourri or essential oils. Baking soda mixed with water makes an excellent cleaner and deodorizer, and you can make your own furniture polish with olive oil and lemon juice.

Store any products containing volatile organic compounds in a garage or shed to protect the indoor air in your home. Many of these substances are flammable, so keeping them away from living areas will also reduce fire risks.

Use an Air Purifier

Air purifiers or air cleaners help your HVAC system remove contaminants and bad smells from your indoor air. They can also help you reduce dust in your home and prevent biological growth. You can use a portable model in one or two rooms at a time or have a whole-home version installed by a professional. For the best indoor air quality, change the filter along with the air filter for your HVAC system once per month.

You can also reduce the bacteria and viruses in your indoor air by adding a UV air purifier. These use UVC light that’s typically blocked by the atmosphere to damage the genetic structure of microorganisms and keep them from reproducing. UV lights can fit inside your ductwork or your outdoor unit. Once your UV air purifier is installed, you should have its bulb changed by a professional every few years.

Maintain Your HVAC System Regularly

To prevent indoor air quality problems, have your air conditioner and your heater inspected by a professional at least once per year. If you notice bad smells or a lot of dust, remove one of your air registers and look at your ductwork.

If you can wipe dirt or dust away from a register with a damp cloth, you should have your ductwork cleaned by a professional. An expert can check for gaps or leaks that could waste energy and let contaminants into your HVAC system. That way, you can get repairs done before any problems become severe or impact your comfort. You’ll also keep pests like cockroaches, silverfish, and rats from making themselves at home in your ductwork.

Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing is a Trane Comfort Specialist with more than 25 years of experience. We can help you improve your indoor air quality, save energy, keep your HVAC system in excellent shape, and make sure all your family members stay comfortable. Call us anytime at 623-201-5118 for outstanding service from our courteous, knowledgeable technicians.

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