You breathe the air in your home every day. It seems fine, so why should you worry about the quality of your indoor air? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental health risks in the country. There’s potential in every home for the quality of air to steadily decrease and even become harmful by contributing to allergies, asthma, and other health issues. Some of the biggest culprits of air contaminants include mold, mildew, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. The best way to avoid breathing this harmful air is to be proactive in eliminating sources of pollution and allowing fresh, clean air into your home. Here are some easy steps you can take to maintaining clean air in your home:
Sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan! Setting up a maintenance plan with your local provider to schedule routine cleaning and inspections will help ensure your air conditioning unit is running properly. Short Pump Heating & Air offers annual or bi-annual maintenance plans for customers. To find out which plan is the best fit for you and your system, click here.
Change your air filter. When your unit’s filter is dirty, it’s working harder to operate correctly. One of the most beneficial things you can do is to check your filter regularly and change it as needed.
Install an air purification or air filtration system. Short Pump Heating & Air offers many types of air filtration and air purification products, which can help eliminate allergens, harmful bacteria, and fumes as they go through your ducts, resulting in cleaner air in your home.
Buy plants. Plants are a great and natural way to help improve the air quality in your home. Some of the most common air-purifying plants include: peace lilies, English ivy, snake plants, devil’s ivy, and bamboo palms.
Let some fresh air inside! Open screen doors or windows to allow fresh outside air to come inside and circulate the airflow in your home. If the weather is not ideal, there are heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators that can bring fresh air into your home without jacking up your energy bill.
Our experts can assess your home’s air quality and the condition of your home’s duct systems. When we’re finished, we’ll explain our findings and walk you through your options for improving both your comfort and the quality of your indoor air. For more air quality tips, or to schedule your preventive maintenance in Richmond, please contact Short Pump Heating & Air by phone at (804) 362-8258.