When winter temperatures plummet, and furnaces are fired up for heating in Fayetteville, GA, the air in your living space is affected. Several factors affect indoor air quality. As houses are sealed up against the cold, air exchange may be affected.
Pollutants such as pollen, animal dander and gases from fuel combustion become more concentrated. In addition, common household products such as paint, craft supplies, and cosmetics add to indoor air pollutants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are several ways to ensure that the air you breathe in your home or business stays fresh and clean.
Reduce Source Pollutants
The best way to improve the quality of the air you breathe is to reduce or eliminate the source of pollutants. Have a qualified heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor check your furnace each year before you turn it on the first time. The HVAC technician should make sure that burners and ignition function properly. The technician should also check for dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide.
Be sure to keep your HVAC filter clean. Filters trap airborne particulates and keep them from being circulated through your system. If they bypass the filter, they end up in your living space.
Increasing ventilation also improves IAQ. Ask your HVAC service company to evaluate the air exchange rate in your home or business and recommend ways to improve ventilation. The simplest is to open windows on temperate days to bring in the fresh air. However, the extremes of temperature in the greater Atlanta area often prevent opening windows to let in fresh air. Otherwise, air exchangers and ceiling fans can be used to freshen air.
Use Indoor Air Quality Products
Corbin Comfort Systems offers a wide range of IAQ products that work with heating and air conditioning units to keep your air fresh. Pollutant-capturing filters, ultraviolet lights, humidifiers and energy-recovery ventilators are a few types of equipment that improve IAQ.
To find out more about how to improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home or business, call us today to talk to one of our NATE-certified technicians.