Most homeowners believe that summer weather means spending more time outdoors. But did you know that even on the sunniest days, the average American spends about 90 percent of their time inside? And when your home’s air quality can be two to five times more contaminated than the outdoor air, it will take more than opening a window to get your fill of fresh air.
That’s why our HVAC experts at Rusk Heating and Cooling compiled this list of tips and tricks to keep your indoor air quality as safe and comfortable as the perfect summer’s day.
1. Install a Whole House Air Cleaner and Air Purifier
Our team of factory-trained heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality professionals is ready to install air cleaners or purifiers to your home’s heating and cooling systems for cleaner, healthier air.
Whole house air cleaners and air purifiers work to eliminate indoor air pollution such as dust, dander, bacteria, and seasonal pollen throughout your entire house, not just one room at a time like a portable air cleaner. They also help get rid of mold and mildew, which can cause strange or unpleasant smells when left unchecked. Getting these systems installed to improve indoor air quality will not only lead to a better night’s sleep and a reduction of some airborne illnesses but will also prolong the life of your HVAC system. You’ll save on operation costs and have a happier, healthier home for your entire family.
It’s also important to change your air conditioner and heating system’s air filter regularly. Typically, air filters should be replaced about every three months, or according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
2. Install UV Air Cleaners
While traditional air cleaners target an array of indoor air pollutants and contaminants that cause poor indoor air quality, UV air cleaners offer a more targeted approach in homes where asthma and severe allergies are a year-round concern. UV air cleaners focus on common asthma triggers like bacteria, viruses, dust, smoke, pet dander, pests, and mold, and render them harmless with short waves of ultraviolet light.
3. Install a Dehumidifier
High humidity is common throughout the Midwest, especially during the summer months and can lead to air quality problems. High humidity levels in your indoor air promote mold growth, leading to an array of health issues. It can also cause condensation to develop and damage electronics, furniture, wooden fixtures, and more.
Luckily, having a Rusk technician install and maintain a whole house dehumidifier will not only eliminate these risks but will also reduce moisture levels enough to keep your home cooler. This will cause your AC to run less and reduce energy bills.
4. Clean Your Ducts
Even the most high-efficiency air cleaning products may not improve your home’s air quality if your ducts are neglected. Even in a new home, ducts can contain dust mites, mold, mildew, pollen, and animal dander. And without special attention, these contaminants build up in the system and make their way into your air.
To keep your ducts clean and your home healthy, our HVAC experts at Rusk will sweep and vacuum all of your ductwork using specialized tools, including a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Although each home is different, consider having your ducts cleaned about every 3 to 5 years.
Call Rusk to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality Today
Improve your health, home, and finances by improving indoor air quality as soon as possible. The HVAC experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling can repair and install a variety of indoor air quality solutions, including whole house air purifiers and air cleaners, for better indoor air quality. Residents of Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area can also benefit from our preventative maintenance package to keep their existing equipment up and running all summer long. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.