Have You Checked Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter?
The winter months here in Texas are typically mild. But when the temperatures start dipping, more than likely you close the windows and turn up the heat in your Austin and Round Rock homes.
Sure, your home is warm and cozy. The furnace or heat pump is blowing, and all your windows and doors are tightly sealed to keep out the drafts.
But have you checked the indoor air quality (IAQ) lately?
Keeping your house properly ventilated during the winter can be a challenge. An airtight home keeps out the cold, but at the same time traps in dust mites, pet dander, and other contaminants.
For over two decades, our air quality experts at AiRCO Heating and Cooling have helped make homes comfortable throughout the Round Rock, TX, area. Here are some tips we would like to pass along on how to maintain your home’s indoor air quality during the winter.
How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?
The easiest strategy toward improved air quality is to keep your home clean. Vacuum, mop, and dust in each room whenever possible. Your home will sparkle and so will your health.
Poor indoor air quality is not something you can necessarily see or touch. It is something, however, that impacts your health, especially if you suffer from asthma or any other type of respiratory issue.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the majority of people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. At the same time, most people give little thought on whether their home or workplace is properly ventilated.
Vacuum, mop, dust—repeat. It’s that simple.
What About My HVAC System?
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in your home play a vital role in maintaining indoor air quality. Furnaces and air conditioners typically rely on ductwork to distribute conditioned air throughout your home. The cleaner the equipment, the more efficiently it can deliver fresh air.
Schedule regular tune-ups to have one of our professionals clean and inspect the different components of your HVAC system. Check out our maintenance program and take the thought out of having to remember to schedule! Let us do the work.
HRVs and ERVs
Consider installing a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) or an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). These mechanical ventilation systems remove stale indoor air and replace it with fresh outdoor air while maintaining the temperature in your home.
How are the two systems different? An ERV also captures the moisture from the extracted air to help maintain a proper humidity level in your home—a big plus if your home feels too dry in the winter. Talk to one of our knowledgable professionals about which system best suits your home.
Change Your Air Filters
Change your air filters regularly to get the best results out of your heating and cooling system. A clogged air filter stresses your HVAC system, compromising efficiency and increasing your energy bills. Plus, the particles it collects can pass through the system and end up in your home.
House plants are good for your health. They take in carbon monoxide and release oxygen. Plus, they are easy to care for and can handle the elements. An aloe vera, English ivy, Rubber Tree, or snake plant are all good choices to consider.
Trust Your Indoor Air Quality Experts
Everyone deserves a breath of fresh air. At AiRCO Heating and Cooling, our team of experienced and highly trained professionals can offer practical solutions on how to improve your home comfort system and indoor air quality. Call 512.537.1234 or request online service to learn more about our products and services.