On average, we spend about 90% of our time indoors. While most people recognize the concerns surrounding outdoor air pollution in New Jersey, indoor air quality is just as important (if not more). Unfortunately, indoor air pollution is actually one of the top five environmental risks to your health. But, thankfully there are ways to improve indoor air quality and comfort.
Are you ready to improve the indoor air quality in your LBI area home or business?
Simple Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your NJ Home or Business
If you live or work in LBI, New Jersey or the surrounding areas, your indoor air may be dirtier than you think. According to an Environmental Protection Agency study on air pollution, “Indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor levels.”
Low indoor air quality can cause discomfort, lead to illness and even property damage. Considering the impact poor indoor air quality can have, it’s crucial that you take IAQ matters seriously.
To improve the air in your home or business, follow these easy steps: schedule proper HVAC maintenance, regularly change air filters and control humidity levels.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Poorly maintained HVAC systems are one of the biggest culprits in creating unhealthy indoor air quality. A thorough HVAC tune up includes an inspection of your heating and cooling system to check for leaks, dirty coils, malfunctioning components, etc. Any of these problems could potentially affect your system’s ability to adequately cool or heat your home or maintain proper humidity levels.
As an important part of the clean indoor air quality equation, annual HVAC tune-ups help to clear pollutants that may be trapped inside your equipment. Regular maintenance checks will also help to prevent and detect harmful leaks such as refrigerant or carbon monoxide.
PRO TIP: Invest in an HVAC maintenance plan to get the ultimate level of convenience and safeguard your air quality. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief.
Change Air Filters
Changing your HVAC air filters every 3 months is the simplest way to improve indoor air quality. (Replace more frequently if someone in your home has allergies or asthma). Clean air filters help to keep the air ducts clear, which helps everyone in your home breathe easier.
PRO TIP: Upgrade your air filter to one that has a higher MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating. MERV ratings indicate the size of particles they can trap: a filter with a rating of 11 can remove up to 80 percent of particulates as small as 1 micron.
Adjust Humidity Levels
Poor air quality can also be attributed to conditions that are too humid or too dry. Either extreme can lead to a wide range of illnesses and health concerns and can also have adverse effects on a home and its contents. Too much moisture, for example, can lead to the growth of dangerous mold and mildew and can increase the risk of bacteria and viruses.
HVAC accessories, such as humidifiers and air purifiers can be integrated with your current HVAC. These can greatly improve the overall environment within your home and boost your family’s comfort, especially those who suffer from frequent illnesses, asthma, allergies and dry skin.
PRO TIP: Get a hygrometer to measure the temperature and relative humidity in your home. An ideal relative humidity level is between 40-50%.
Air Technical Services Indoor Air Quality Solutions
At Air Technical Services, we are dedicated to ensuring your family is comfortable and healthy year-round! When you schedule your HVAC maintenance appointment, talk to one of our experienced technicians about the best ways to enjoy healthy indoor air quality in your home.
Why do LBI homeowners and business owners in LBI trust Air Tech with their home comfort needs? Several reasons, including:
- Trusted since 1999
- Family-owned and locally-operated
- Repair and service all-sized jobs
- Service and repair all major makes and models
- Reliable 24/7 emergency service
- Serve residential and commercial customers
- Punctual and friendly technicians
- Service LBI and all of Ocean County
Call us now at (609) 494-1400 to learn more!