The fall season in Calhoun, KY, corresponds with dry air conditions that may affect you and your loved ones’ health. It’s therefore highly recommended that you pursue practices that aim at maintaining high indoor air quality. Here are a few ways you might be creating poor indoor air quality in your home.

1. Use of Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are toxic compounds mostly found as an ingredient in the manufacture of paints, air fresheners, hair sprays and other pharmaceuticals. When exposed to humans for prolonged periods, they can trigger small-to-strong health effects such as headaches, nausea, nasal discomfort, throat irritation and liver or kidney damage.

Installing a ventilator or air cleaner increases your airflow and circulates cleaner air indoors. This helps you reduce VOCs in your indoor air.

2. Smoking Indoors

While you may feel you have a viable reason to smoke indoors, it’s not a healthy practice. Not only does it damage your indoor air quality by affecting the home’s natural odor, but it may also affect second-hand smokers around you.

3. Neglecting Your Air Filters

One of the main purposed of an HVAC system is its ability to clean air coming into your home. The role is undertaken by air filters that trap pet dander, dust, fabric strands, pollen and other pollutants. Over time, the air filters clog, with the dirt buildup limiting air flowing into the home and deteriorating the indoor air quality.

We suggest that you clean or replace your air filters every other month. This ensures you keep the indoor air, utility bills and HVAC efficiency in check.

4. Postponing Your HVAC Maintenance Appointment

At its peak, you can rely on your HVAC system to provide high indoor air quality and a warm home through the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Skipping maintenance service appointments reduces your HVAC efficiency and may leave you experiencing malfunctions. Conducting preventive maintenance ensures your system is working effectively and efficiently.

Indoor air quality is crucial to comfort and healthy living in your home. Contact our technicians at E&M Heating, Plumbing & Air Conditioning for all your heating and HVAC maintenance services.

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