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The Most Important Areas of Your Home to Ventilate

The Most Important Areas of Your Home to VentilateLingering odors, stuffy rooms, germs and moisture problems — a lack of daily air exchange has very unpleasant side effects for your comfort and health. In fact, most homes harbor at least one serious indoor air quality (IAQ) issue, according to the EPA. With a little effort and the right ventilation strategy, you can bring a breath of fresh air to your home in the rooms that need it most.

Breath of Fresh Air

You may fiddle with the thermostat to try and find just the right level of comfort. Although, very important, your home’s temperature is only one environmental factor that affects your comfort. If your IAQ is a breeding ground for contaminants, such as germs and mold spores, you’re not going to be very comfortable if you become ill. Humidity levels affect your comfort and health, too, if indoor air is too dry or too moist.

You’ll be affected most by IAQ issues in the areas of your home where you spend the most time. Your kitchen and bathrooms should already have point-of-use ventilators. Though, check to make sure these fans vent outside your home — not into your attic.

Focus your ventilation efforts in your bedroom(s) and common living areas. You’ll be able to rest and relax better by being more comfortable and exposed to fewer IAQ contaminants. Pay special attention to rooms where young, elderly or people with respiratory ailments spend time.

How to Ventilate

Now that you’ve decided where you need to ventilate your home, it’s time to decide how best to do so. Natural ventilation brings in fresh air through open windows and screen doors. However, this type of ventilation in uncontrolled and contingent upon outdoor temperatures and weather.

Consider ventilating key areas of your home with a mechanical ventilator. Heat-recovery ventilators (HRVs) use intake and exhaust fans for balanced airflow. Air ducts and vents are installed in areas you need fresh air the most. Moreover, HRVs use a heat-exchange core to efficiently pre-condition fresh air intake.

If you would like a ventilation assessment of your San Diego home’s needs, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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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Don’t Forget to Complete Your Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Don’t Forget to Complete Your Fall HVAC Maintenance ChecklistWith cooler temperatures on the horizon, it’s time to prepare your San Diego area home and the HVAC system. After all, the efficiency of your home impacts your comfort, safety, health, and energy bills. Set aside a day to take care of it with these fall HVAC maintenance tips.

Home Exterior

  • Sealing: Inspect your home’s exterior for gaps and cracks in cladding, walkways, and the foundation. Use caulk, spray-in foam, and driveway filler to seal.
  • Outdoor HVAC unit: Spray off the outdoor unit. Use a foaming coil cleaner around the sides to clean the condenser coil. Turn off electricity at the circuit panel or disconnect plug first.
  • Garage: Use foam weatherstripping to seal the door of an attached garage. Seal shared walls and ceiling between the garage and living spaces with caulk.

Home Interior

  • Filter: Change your air filter to protect HVAC parts, improve cooling and heating efficiency, and enhance indoor air quality. Use a quality filter rated MERV 8 to 12 to help mitigate indoor allergens and contaminants.
  • Housecleaning: Wash bedding with hot water. Vacuum carpeting, drapes, and furniture upholstery.
  • Air vents: Wipe or brush vacuum air vents.
  • Control humidity: Inspect the walls, ceiling, and attic for signs of humidity problems, such as black, pink, or green mold spots on walls and window condensation. Use humidifiers and dehumidifiers as needed to maintain humidity between 30 and 50 percent.
  • Sealing: Seal air leaks around windows, doors, the attic hatch, in the attic, and penetrations. Use silicon caulk, foam weatherstripping, and spray-in foam.
  • Insulation: If you use fiberglass insulation in your attic, make sure it is at least 12 inches deep.
  • CO and smoke detectors: Put fresh batteries in your CO and smoke detectors. Test for proper function.

Professional HVAC Maintenance

Your heat pump, A/C, and furnace work hard to keep your home comfortable. Moreover, the HVAC system uses nearly 50 percent of energy in the average home. Help your HVAC systems last longer with greater efficiency by scheduling professional maintenance this fall.

For more information about fall HVAC maintenance tips for your San Diego home, 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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