Does the air in your home seem smelly, stuffy, or otherwise polluted? You may already be experiencing airflow problems with your A/C system. To improve your home’s indoor quality, here are 5 simple steps that you can take:
- Vent combustible appliances such as heater and furnaces away from the home.
- Install ventilation systems—such as exhaust fans—in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Be sure to use quiet, energy efficient fans.
- Don’t place any part of your home’s heating and air conditioning system in polluted spaces where they could pull contaminants in. If ductwork needs to pass through a polluted space, make sure they are properly sealed so they won’t pick up contaminants or leak out air.
Keep potentially harmful substances such as pesticide, solvents, and paint away from intake vents.
Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your A/C system. These filters trap particles including allergens like pet dander, pollen, and dust mites. They can also capture irritant particles like tobacco smoke. Replace your filter once a month for optimum results.
If you’ve done all of the above and still feel your indoor air quality hasn’t improved, it’s time to call in a certified HVAC professional for a thorough evaluation of your system.