How often do you think about the air you’re breathing inside your home? There can be many different types of pollutants that can compromise your home’s air. A properly serviced and maintained HVAC system is vital to help filter out many these particles, but there are other actions you can take to allow you and your family to breath the cleanest air possible.
1. Make sure your filter is the correct size for your HVAC system. You know you should regularly change filters, but are you using the correct size? The filters that properly fit your specific system are designed with optimal filtration and fit to minimize gaps and maximize air flow in your home. When you work with a trusted HVAC provider you can be sure you’re getting the proper filter and fit each time it’s changed.
2. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Because carbon monoxide has no smell, taste or color, many homeowners do not realize they may be exposed. Any gas powered appliance like a furnace, water heater, or cooking appliance could be leaking gas and exposing you and your family to dangerous fumes. A working carbon monoxide detector can offer peace of mind for you and your family.
3. Invest in a home maintenance plan: When you purchase a home maintenance plan like Shafer’s Pro Plus Advantage Plan, you receive scheduled maintenance and inspections of your HVAC and plumbing systems. This can be vital to maintaining air quality in your home. With routine checks your system is evaluated for leaks, poor air flow, foreign matter and damage that could result in poor indoor air quality.
4. Perform an indoor air quality assessment. Our homes are sealed against the outdoors to maximize energy efficiency and climate control, but this can lead to unhealthy air recirculating throughout your home’s ductwork. When you have an indoor air quality assessment, your trusted provider should thoroughly inspect your home’s filtration system and ductwork, check for microbial growth and provide you with a summary and recommendation based on findings.
5. Install a whole home air purifier. The best air purifier for your home will depend on your home’s size, layout and your family’s specific needs. You may have more concern for seasonal allergies while others might be highly allergic to pet dander. Some purifiers use an electrostatic process instead of a filtering medium. Popular UV air purifiers use ultraviolet light to destroy contaminants such as bacteria, mold spores and mildew. A professional should visit your home, assess your needs and provide a custom solution.
If you have questions or need help with your home’s indoor air quality, the professionals at Shafer Services Plus are just a phone call away. We will visit your home, listen to you needs and provide recommendations to ensure your indoor air is safe and comfortable.