5 Tips to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Fall
Fall has arrived in Southwest Florida! When the outdoor temperatures start to drop, you’ll likely spend more time with the doors and windows open to capture that fresh air! Be sure to focus on enhancing your indoor air quality (IAQ) so that you can boost your overall home comfort and enjoy the autumn season to its fullest.
To improve your air quality and transform your Fort Myers, Naples, Estero, FL home into the ideal living space you’ve always wanted, turn to the professional at Certified Heating and Cooling. We are the leading heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) experts—a company you can trust with your comfort and your health!
You won’t find a more committed or thorough team, nor one better equipped to maximize your comfort and safety—call us today to address all of your HVAC and electrical needs! Here are some key ways you can start improving your indoor air quality this fall:
- Install a whole-home purification system or a system sterilizer.
Fall weather means less air conditioning (AC) is needed to keep cool—which means we tend to lower the AC or turn it off in favor of opening our doors and windows to let in the cooler air of a Florida autumn flow throughout our homes and offices.
While this is a great way to refresh our indoor air, having the doors and windows open can also cause unwanted issues for anyone who suffers from allergies, respiratory illness, or sufferers.
Inadequate filtration can result in respiratory issues and worsen both asthma and allergy symptoms. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 24 million Americans are affected by asthma—while allergies are classified as the sixth leading cause of chronic illness, with 50 million American sufferers
Adding a whole-home purification system or sterilization system can acheive better results, in a shorter time than just filters alone. While your filters will catch some of the unwanted hitchhikers on your fresh air, a whole-home purification or sterilization system is able to isolate and eliminate most of these impurities, even if you are only running your unit for a few hours a day!
- Replace or clean your HVAC filter routinely.
It’s critical to replace disposable HVAC filters (and clean off washable versions) at least every 30 to 90 days. Filters trap particles, but if you don’t routinely change your filter, you’ll end up breathing in all of the captured dust, dirt, and debris. Not only will a dirty filter result in poor indoor air quality, but it also prevents your HVAC system from operating at full capacity.
- Open your windows for ventilation.
Prop open your windows for a few minutes every day if possible. Proper ventilation helps dilute any lingering bacteria and viruses by inviting fresher air inside and pushing stale air out. As a result, your indoor air will be cleaner and safer for you to breathe.
- Clean your home regularly.
Routine cleaning helps eliminate surface contaminants on your floors, countertops, tables, windowsills, and fixtures. Dust, pet dander, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses easily collect in these areas of your home, negatively impacting your air quality. Counteract this by dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping regularly.
- Schedule a duct cleaning service.
No matter how clean you keep your home, failing to have your air ducts professionally cleaned could lead to you breathing in dust and various particles. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, don’t continue exposing yourself to triggers throughout your home—opt for a duct cleaning. A professional duct cleaning helps ensure allergens are kept at bay and encourages cleaner indoor air quality since your HVAC airflow circulates through ductwork to various areas of your home.
- Opt for routine professional HVAC maintenance.
Schedule a professional HVAC maintenance visit at least once a year. Planned maintenance not only ensures your system runs efficiently—it also allows our team to catch any issues that could compromise your system and indoor air quality. Plus, an annual tune-up helps restore your system so that you can count on it when you need it most.
Call Us Today to Start Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
The best time to focus on achieving ideal indoor air quality inside your Naples, FL, home is always now. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Certified Heating and Cooling professionals—we can optimize your indoor comfort and create the environment you deserve. Give us a call today at 239-249-8431 or request service online.