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How to Start Improving Indoor Air Quality in Every Room

How to Start Improving Indoor Air Quality in Every RoomConsidering the fact that the average American spends around 90 percent of each day indoors, it’s important to think about the quality of your indoor air. Polluted air can cause allergic reactions, respiratory ailments and discomfort in the form of headaches, congestion or nausea. Common sources of indoor air pollution include pet dander, mold, volatile organic compounds, mold and dust mites. Improving indoor air quality in every room in your home is easier than you think. Following is a guide to get you started.

Bedrooms

  • Pets. Avoid sleeping with pets in the bedroom, keeping them out altogether if possible.
  • Air cleaners. A whole-home air cleaner can help you breathe easier whether you’re asleep or awake.
  • Bedding. Invest in allergen-proof pillows and mattress covers, and wash them and your bedding in hot water each week.

Kitchen

  • Appliances. Prevent mold growth in your refrigerator by wiping away excess moisture and periodically cleaning the seals around the door. Use the exhaust fan above your stove when cooking, and make sure it vents outside, rather than to the attic.

Living Room

  • Plants. Place aquarium gravel around the base of houseplants to reduce mold and dust.
  • Furnishings. Keep pets off of soft furniture to reduce dander.

Bathrooms

  • Ventilate. Use the exhaust fan when bathing or showering to reduce excess moisture and prevent mold and mildew.
  • Lose the mats. Toss old, moldy mats and shower curtains.
  • Walls. Choose tile over wallpaper or paint with enamel-based, mold resistant paint.

Whole Home Tips

  • Control humidity. One of the easiest ways to go about improving indoor air quality in every room is by keeping humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. At these levels, mold and dust mite growth are inhibited.
  • Keep things neat. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and dust with microfiber cloths to trap, rather than spread, dust.
  • Maintain. Change your air filter every four to six weeks, and schedule annual preventive maintenance each spring and fall.

For more tips on improving indoor air quality in every room in your home, call Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve homeowners in San Diego and surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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How to Choose an Air Cleaner for Your San Marcos Home

How to Choose an Air Cleaner for Your San Marcos HomeWith so many types of pollutants and contaminants across southern California, maintaining healthful indoor air quality (IAQ) is always a concern for residents. More San Marcos homeowners are discovering that a whole-home air cleaner is an effective weapon against harmful germs and mitigating allergens and microorganisms that can exacerbate asthma and allergies.

There are several different types of air cleaners available that capture and remove contaminants from the home’s air, destroy microorganisms in the HVAC system, and/or neutralize odors and gases in the home. Following are popular and practical air cleaning solutions you may consider for your IAQ needs.

HEPA Filtration

A high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is a dense filter that’s installed in the return air duct. This type of filter removes 99.97 percent of the airborne particles, germs and allergens pulled into the ducts. Filters designated as HEPA carry a minimum efficiency reporting value between 17 to 20.

Because of the denseness of HEPA filters, consult your HVAC technician to see if your system’s blower motor can handle the pressure drop that will be created.

Electronic Air Cleaners

Electronic air cleaners remove airborne contaminants with the help of electrostatic attraction. As return air moves freely through the electronic air cleaner, the particles and microorganisms are given an electrical charge. The plates in the electronic cleaner have an opposite charge, which attracts and captures the contaminants.

Ultraviolet (UV) Light Systems

UV light systems use low levels of ultraviolet radiation to destroy or alter the DNA of microorganisms, germs and bacteria. This prevents these contaminants from reproducing. UV lights work silently and safely inside the HVAC system. They don’t need any maintenance and only need to be replaced about every two years. Since UV lights don’t capture particles like HEPA and electronic filters, you should use a high-efficiency media filter in tandem.

For more information about selecting the right air cleaner for your San Marcos area home, please contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Take Control of Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality This Spring With These 9 Tips

Take Control of Your Home's Indoor Air Quality This Spring With These 9 TipsSpring is the time for warmer weather and spending more time outdoors. However, if you have springtime allergies, it’s wise to focus on issues of indoor air quality before you throw open the windows and let pollen, grass and other allergens inside. Continue reading “Take Control of Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality This Spring With These 9 Tips” »