6 Tips For Better Indoor Air Quality In Your Bay Area Home

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We all want the healthiest indoor air possible, whether you live in San Mateo, Hayward, San Jose, or anywhere in the Bay Area. Is poor IAQ an issue in your home? If so, you may have health issues or symptoms that you don’t realize are related to the quality of the air inside your home.

These symptoms can include fatigue; breathing problems for those with respiratory issues; headaches; excessive dust in your home; irritated, red, or watery eyes; sneezing; or even stale smells that seem to take forever to go away. What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

First, be sure to replace your air filters regularly, preferably every month. Air filters filter out dust particles, pollen, and other pollutants that can make their way into your home.

Use a high quality filter, rather than the cheapest one you can find at the store. Our air conditioning professionals can help you determine which is best for your needs.

Consider an air cleaner. Portable air cleaners you can purchase at many stores are better than nothing, but those integrated into your HVAC system are the most effective for removing pollutants from the air.

Be sure to have your heating and air conditioning system maintained once or twice a year. Not only does professional maintenance ensure your system will run efficiently and extend equipment life, it ensures better indoor air quality.

Control humidity. Air that’s too humid causes mold and mildew to form, and mold can be dangerous to your health. Make sure you have vents that allow excess moisture to escape in the bathrooms, in the laundry room, above the stove, etc. It’s also a good idea to consider a whole-house dehumidifier which can be a component of your HVAC system, or at a minimum a portable model.

Consider having your ducts cleaned. Few homeowners give their ducts much thought because they’re out of sight – and out of sight means out of mind. The ducts are the component of your HVAC system that deliver heated or cooled air, so it’s important that they are free of dust, dirt, contaminants, rodent droppings, and other debris.

By following the advice above, you’ll enjoy the cleanest, healthiest air possible in your San Francisco home. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we know the importance of good indoor air quality for your family’s health and a happy, fresh-smelling home. Contact us today for all of your heating and cooling needs!