Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
During spring in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake, there is a remarkable (and very unwelcome) phenomenon that occurs. Every car receives a fresh, bright yellow coat of pollen! If your nose and throat didn’t already pick up on it, you know this is an unmistakable mark that air quality is becoming unbearable.
This is probably why you’re reading an article on ways to improve your indoor air quality. Thankfully, we have decades of experience helping people do just that. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of some of our best tips and tricks to help you survive allergy season.
1. Keep Your Surfaces Clean
This might seem obvious, but often times, people don’t realize how important this is. It can be easy to let vacuuming and dusting slack off, but surfaces like your floor and other flat spaces collect the most static particles. By static, we mean that these particles don’t circulate as well as the particles floating around.
Your HVAC system won’t help you too much with these unless you have something like the Air Scrubber Plus. Otherwise, staying consistent with vacuuming and dusting is your best bet.
2. Maintain Healthy Humidity Levels
If you have noticeably chronic issues with indoor air quality, humidity levels may be the culprit. A healthy humidity level is considered to be between 30%-50%. If your humidity is outside this range, it can accompany or even cause serious problems for your indoor air quality.
Unhealthy humidity can come from a number of sources. It can be the result of hot showers without a vent or open window, leaky plumbing, or even just not having a vent when cooking. All of these things can contribute to heightened humidity, which can lead to serious problems like mold.
Aside from opening windows and turning on vents, you can also try out dehumidifiers if you’re looking for a temporary reprieve. A better option would be to have an HVAC expert come do an inspection and tune up for your system. This can help make sure your system is in top shape to keep your air clean.
3. Professional HVAC Help
If you are keeping your spaces clean and the humidity down, and you still aren’t seeing enough improvement, we recommend that you speak with an HVAC professional. In some cases, your system or specific products might have outlived their usefulness and are in need of an upgrade.
For example, if your filter isn’t cutting it anymore, check out the Trane CleanEffects filter. This 5” filter is up to 100 times more effective than your standard 1” filter, catching approximately 99.98% of allergens.
Another option that we mentioned earlier is the Air Scrubber Plus. This weapon in the fight for your indoor air quality is inserted into your existing system. It literally helps your HVAC system scrub the surfaces inside your home. If you don’t believe us, check out how the Air Scrubber Plus works
At the end of the day, if you just want to talk to a real person about your situation, please feel free to contact us! We would love to help you find a solution to your problem. From air conditioning installation to AC repair, furnace repair and replacement, MSCO is your one-stop shop for your HVAC needs throughout the Hampton Roads region.