You’re probably very diligent about keeping your home clean. You scrub the floors, bathtubs and sinks. You dust and vacuum. But have you given much thought to your indoor air quality? The air you breathe could be much dirtier than anything that collects on your floor or in your bathtubs. It could be full of mold, bacteria, dust mites and other allergens. To make sure your indoor air is as clean as the rest of your home, take a multi-prong approach. Here are some suggestions:
Your cooling system can remove considerable moisture from the air. But humidity in this region can get very high, and an A/C may not be able to do the job all by itself. To minimize the risk of mold and mildew growth, consider a dehumidifier. Although inexpensive portable units are available, a whole-house dehumidifier can do a more comprehensive job. It’s attached to your heating and cooling system.
Air cleaners can effectively remove particulates and fumes from your indoor air. Like dehumidifiers, air cleaners come in portable and whole-house models. And as with dehumidifiers, you might want to consider a whole-house system.
Your home needs a way to get rid of the bad air. This is why exhaust fans in the kitchen and your bathrooms are a must. But in addition to getting rid of the bad air, your home needs a fresh supply of good air. This is especially important in newer homes, which are typically well sealed. Infiltration should be controlled as much as possible and allowing air in directly from outdoors is much preferred to allowing air in from the attic.
Need help cleaning the air in your home? Contact the professionals at Mathews CCAC Inc. in Corpus Christi. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and help you with any of your air-quality needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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