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What Is Air “Quality”?

Air Quality in Cape Coral & Port Charlotte, FLWhat’s the big deal about indoor air quality? Well, it can affect your health, your comfort and your wallet. That’s why it’s so important to have good indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality has become a major health issue compared to the hazards of outdoor air. In fact, the air inside your home can be more dangerous to your health than the air outside. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air is two to five times as polluted as the air outside – and sometimes, it is even worse than that.

Is the air in your home making you sick?

Indoor air quality is determined by a number of factors. Not only does it pertain to the cleanliness of the air (which means no dust or pollen), it also pertains to the humidity, temperature control and odor. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns. Poor indoor air quality has been tied to symptoms like  headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.

Here are some things you can do to help keep your indoor air fresh, clean and healthy.

Keep Floors and Surfaces Clean

Allergens and dust don’t stay suspended in the air. They float and settle on different surfaces throughout your home, and they will build up if they are not dealt with on a regular basis. It’s important to dust and to clean floors to help improve your indoor air quality. Vacuum, mop and dust frequently. Keeping the house free from dust and allergens will also help to keep your HVAC system clean longer between maintenance calls.

Clean or Replace AC Filters

To help improve the quality of your indoor air, you should replace or clean your AC filter regularly – about once a month.

Schedule Annual HVAC Service

Routine HVAC maintenance is very important when it comes to improving the quality of your indoor air. Over time dirt, dust, debris, pollens and allergens accumulate within your air conditioning unit and in the ductwork. These contaminants are circulated into your home through your HVAC system.

Not only will seasonal maintenance help to improve the quality of your indoor air, it will also help to lower your energy bills. That’s because a dirty air conditioning unit is forced to work harder to maintain ideal temperatures throughout your home.

Call the experts at ASAP Heating and Cooling for more information or to schedule an appointment. ASAP Heating and Cooling provides quality heating and cooling services to homes and businesses in Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Naples, Southwest Florida and surrounding service areas.

Written by Direct Heating and Cooling