Arizonans that are unaware of the filth that’s blown throughout the desert usually never get to enjoy excellent residential air quality. Even though low quality air can’t be seen with the naked eye, it doesn’t mean it’s not prevalently around us in Phoenix. While many residents approach this with an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude, pollutants could be impacting the well-being of those in your household.
People have been know to suffer from asthma, allergy symptoms, eye irritation, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and other health problems because of poor residential air quality. While medical conditions or outside factors are sometimes the root of illnesses or respiratory diseases, high quality air is extremely important. But not just because your well-being may depend on it.
Poor Air Quality Affects Heating + Cooling.
Dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, biological growth, and other contaminants can noticeably shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system, increase your power bills, and cause inconvenient breakdowns. Nobody living in Phoenix wants to endure a costly repair without air conditioning in the middle of the summer. So why not go the extra mile and maximize the performance of your heating and cooling equipment?
If you want your home to promote excellent indoor air quality, do your best to maintain the property and it’s systems. If you don’t have the time or capabilities to upkeep the home in this manner, then it’s well worth it to hire a professional. Not only can our comfort specialists inspect your HVAC system on a regular basis, but provide you with tips to create a comfortable and efficient residential environment.
How to Improve Residential Air Quality Today.
At the end of the day, the best ways to bolster the quality of the air in your home lies in the little things. When Phoenix homeowners clean the house often, avoid volatile organic compounds, use air purifiers and invest in routine HVAC maintenance, the results are rewarding.
For those looking to improve their residential air quality right now, here are some tips that’ll help you breathe a little easier.
1. Frequently Clean The House.
If you really want to prevent pollutants from building up in your home, then you really ought to be vacuuming and dusting at least two times per week. A good way to eliminate the problem of dirty floors altogether is to take off your shoes when you come inside. Doing so inevitably helps you avoid tracking in the pollen and dirt that belongs outside.
Another way to combat polluted air inside your home is to clean your HVAC system’s air registers with a damp cloth. If these haven’t been inspected for a while then they could be covered in dirt and other pollutants. Since these are normally on the ceiling of Arizona homes, build up falls back into the air you breathe. This is why light fixtures and ceiling fans need to be routinely dusted and wiped down as well.
If your outdoor unit is covered with dirt, leaves, grass clippings, or other debris, rinse it off with the garden hose. No matter how dirty the unit is, don’t use a power washer. Damaging the unit isn’t going to do you any good. If there is vegetation growing near or around your unit, make sure you clear this out. Keeping the property clean and unrestricted will help you maintain your system and remain cool all summer.
2. Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds.
Aside from dust and debris, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can threaten your residential air quality. Formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, acetone, and xylene can be found in common household items like glues, fragrances, cleaners, and paints. When they evaporate at room temperature, residents become even more susceptible to health problems.
If you use commercial cleaners, always make sure the room has plenty of ventilation. Better yet, try to use natural products whenever you can. Instead of using store-bought air fresheners, simmer a few cinnamon sticks (or cloves) on the stove, make a fragrant sachet with potpourri or give essential oils a try.
There are also a number of homemade methods worth trying. Baking soda mixed with water makes an excellent cleaner and deodorizer. Olive oil and lemon juice can even be used to polish furniture. Do some research on VOC’s and you’ll quickly find that making a few minor adjustments can save you money while drastically improving your residential air quality.
If you have to keep some of these items around the house, store them in a garage or shed so the quality of your indoor air doesn’t suffer. Many of these substances are flammable, so keeping them away from living areas will also reduce fire risks.
3. Invest in Air Purification Products.
Air purifiers or air cleaners can definitely make a difference when it comes to residential air quality. These types of products help your HVAC system remove contaminants and odors from the home. They also help you reduce dust while preventing biological growth. You can use a portable model in one or two rooms at a time or have a whole-home purification system installed by a professional.
Aside from basic filters, UV air purifiers can enhance the reduction of bacteria and viruses inside. These use UVC light (that’s normally blocked by the atmosphere) to damage the genetic structure of microorganisms. This essentially keeps contaminated areas from spreading or reproducing. The lighting for UV air purifiers can be installed inside ductwork or within your outdoor unit. Once the purification system is in place, you’ll want to have a professional change the bulb every few years.
Whether you invest in air cleaners or not, your filtration system plays a big role in the performance of your equipment. This is why it’s important that homeowners commit to changing the air filters on registers at least once per month. It’ll save you a lot of cleaning and eliminate potential hazards altogether.
4. Regularly Maintain Your HVAC System
The best way to prevent residential air quality problems is to have your air conditioner and furnace inspected by an experienced HVAC contractor every year. If you’ve implemented the above steps and still notice bad smells or a lot of dust, then you really have no choice. Let the professionals help.
Heating and cooling experts know where to look for gaps or leaks that let contaminants into your HVAC system. Not only does this help you avoid an increase in energy costs but it allows you to avoid the unexpected. Addressing problems before they turn into costly repairs not only saves you money but improves your comfort levels and peace of mind.
Most Phoenix residents don’t understand how beneficial routine maintenance can be. When ductwork and other systems aren’t properly cleaned, they can be inhabited by pests that many people don’t want around. Cockroaches, silverfish, and rats can be completely eliminated before they make themselves at home.
Purifying the Air in Your Home
Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing is a Trane Comfort Specialist with more than 30 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 remain comfortable. Call us anytime at 623-584-2850 for outstanding service from our courteous, knowledgeable technicians.
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