indoor air quality

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality In Your Home This Summer: The Top Hints, Tips, and Tricks

Summer is here, and hot weather isn't the only thing that has arrived with it. For many people, hotter temperatures also mean poor indoor air quality.

This can lead to the development of many unpleasant symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, and sinus congestion, among others. 

Keep reading for five things you can do to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

1. Keep Any Carpets and Rugs Clean

If you have any pets, you know how easy it is for their hair to stick to carpets and rugs. But did you know that carpets and rugs can also trap dust and other particles?

This means that if you clean them, they can work as air filters. However, if they are left dirty, their effects can be damaging.

Clean them once a week to be safe!

2. Control Household Humidity 

Depending on where your home is, summer might be a humid and sticky time. If that is the case, the humidity levels in your home should be controlled. 

Too much humidity in the air encourages the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause respiratory reactions. Those with allergies and asthma will also find high humidity levels particularly uncomfortable.

Consider buying a dehumidifier to maintain consistent and comfortable levels. 

3. Change Your AC Filter 

Air conditioners work hard to keep a consistently cool temperature in your home. As they filter through different types of common air pollutants, they stop working as well, and can also negatively affect the air quality of your home.

Change your filter regularly, especially if you live in a city or are prone to allergies.

Comfort Now Air Conditioning and Heating is happy to help you service any air-conditioner, and can even repair or install a new one if necessary. 

4. Use Natural Scents 

Synthetic fragrances might evoke feelings of cleanliness, but consider using naturally-scented or fragrance-free products instead. 

Products such as laundry detergents, cleaning sprays, and air fresheners emit a variety of chemicals into the air. The effects that many of these chemicals have on human health are still not certain.

Using natural or fragrance-free products will eliminate any potential risk.

5. Don't Smoke Indoors 

Cigarette smoke contains thousands of different chemicals and is, therefore, a huge factor in indoor air quality.

Not only are these chemicals damaging to the smoker, but they also affect others in the room. Those with secondhand smoke exposure have been found more likely to suffer from respiratory problems and infections.

Many Americans have quit smoking in recent years, but if you haven't, there are a variety of different guides that can help you.

If you still need to smoke, do it outside!

Indoor Air Quality Improvement - Let Us Help You

For many people, summer also means lower indoor air quality. However, this does not need to be the case, and there are several things you can do to keep air quality levels high.

Consider investing in a new HVAC unit, or at the very least repairing or maintaining the one you have.

Contact us today and let us help you make your home a safer and more comfortable place!

HVAC troubleshooting

HVAC Troubleshooting Guide: 5 Signs You Need AC Repair This Summer

Would you believe that refrigeration technology, an early attempt at air conditioning, dates all the way back to 1748? Of course, AC as we know and love it today didn't really become practical until the early 20th century. It took many more decades before window units and central systems were affordable enough to be within the economic reach of most Americans.

If you're one of the 90% of the country's households that depend on AC to stay cool and comfortable in the summer months, it's important to familiarize yourself with basic HVAC troubleshooting tips. Read on to learn five signs you need air conditioner repair.

1. It's Not Cool

One clear-cut sign that your HVAC system should be looked at by a professional? It's not cooling as it once did. Even more obvious, it's actually blowing hot air.

One sure sign that your AC needs repair is if it’s blowing hot air. This could be because of a broken compressor or it could signal a refrigerant leak. Another possibility is a broken or disconnected return duct which is drawing in warm air from the outside.

2. Your System Is Noisy

Just like hearing strange noises when you drive your car, loud or unusual noises emanating from the AC can be a sign of big trouble. Unlike with your vehicle, however, you can't just turn up the radio to drown out the noise of your cooling system.

Some of the sounds to keep an ear out for include:

  • Rattling
  • Grinding
  • Banging
  • Screeching
  • Clanking

These could indicate parts that are loose or not aligned properly, broken bearings, or a need for lubrication. Act quickly, as these problems can lead to significant damage. Your entire system may need to be replaced.

3. Elevated Energy Bills 

If you open your electrical bill and find a sudden spike in the amount you owe, your air conditioner may be to blame. When there are issues that cause the AC to work harder, it uses more electricity.

Check for a dirty or clogged filter, duct leaks, or a motor that's struggling. If necessary, call your HVAC tech to help troubleshoot the problem.

4. Visible Signs of Moisture

Whether it's a frozen AC coil, condensation on the unit or any other type of water where it shouldn't be, moisture is a scary sign. Don't delay getting professional help in this situation.

Not only can leaks lead to costly repairs, but they can also cause mold or mildew to develop in your home. That's a health hazard as well as a major pain to remedy.

5. Your Unit Is Haunted

OK, your AC isn't actually haunted. But it may seem like it, given that the air conditioning randomly turns off and then back on again. Or maybe you experience significant temperature changes in different areas in the home -- a cool spot here, a warm area there.

Even if the AC sometimes acts unpredictably, as though there's a ghost afoot, there's a rational explanation. Get the pros in to take a look, ASAP.

HVAC Troubleshooting Is Important

Avoid extensive, expensive repairs that will turn your home upside down -- and wreak havoc with your budget. If you don't feel confident diagnosing your own AC issues, give us a call. We'll be happy to do the HVAC troubleshooting for you, then make any necessary repairs!