Your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) can be affected by your HVAC system, along with a variety of gas appliances and common household products. Volatile organic compounds emitted by common household products may also degrade IAQ, as well as certain microorganisms.
Keep gas appliances in top working order. Your gas furnace should be professionally inspected, cleaned and adjusted annually, so it heats with maximum efficiency and safety. During the winter, a gas furnace consumes a good deal of fuel and may emit unhealthy amounts of CO. Anytime you see a gas appliance burning with a yellow flame, turn it off and have it serviced immediately.
Check your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. You can do this by pressing the test button. A CO detector is your only defense against such a deadly gas. They use more battery power than smoke detectors and should be tested monthly.
Buy home products carefully. When your home is closed tightly during the winter, pay special attention to the cleaning products you use. Many contain VOCs that can cause adverse side effects. Natural cleaners, like baking soda, vinegar and even hydrogen peroxide, are less harmful to inhale. If you redecorate your home when it’s tightly closed day-after-day, choose products that contain low VOCs.
If you have family members with respiratory issues, consider installing a balanced ventilation system. These devices pull stale, indoor air out, transferring its thermal energy to fresh incoming air to maintain home comfort without raising heating or cooling costs. Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) can also improve IAQ. ERVs can even strip incoming air of humidity during the summer.
Install ultraviolet (UV) lights in your HVAC system. Installing these lights is an energy efficient and nontoxic way to clear your air of mold spores, stop the spread of viruses and bacteria and lessen the impact of harmful VOCs.
The pros at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. have been helping homeowners in Monmouth County maintain their indoor comfort for three generations. Please contact us today to learn more about improving your IAQ and comfort.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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