As we transition into the cold season, people begin to spend more time indoors. The situation presents an increased risk of suffering from the effects of poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Here are some habits that may contribute to a decline in the IAQ in your Flat Rock, NC, home:

Use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Firstly, VOCs are prime offenders in poor indoor air quality. Products like paint and dry cleaning solutions generate VOCs. They’re invisible, heavy vapors that negatively impact IAQ.

To limit your exposure, purchase green products with low or no VOCs. Ventilate your home with opens windows, ceiling fans and an energy recovery ventilator. Also, invest in an air purifier to remove unpleasant smells and cleanse your indoor air.

Smoking in the House

Smoking inside the house or any enclosed room is detrimental to your IAQ. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 toxic chemicals that harm your indoor air quality. People who inhale secondhand smoke are highly likely to develop health problems such as asthma.

Neglecting Air Filters

The air filter is an essential part of your home. It helps remove pollutants from the indoor air. A dirty air filter can worsen the IAQ in your home. As a result, it can impact your health and comfort.

You should inspect your filter every month and change it every one to three months. Clean filters help improve your IAQ and prevent potential duct clogging. What’s more, they can help to decrease energy and repair costs.

Failure to Schedule Fall HVAC Maintenance

Finally, some people take their home’s air quality for granted. They overlook some factors that contribute to a decline in IAQ. For example, ventilation is an essential factor in indoor air quality.

Your home needs proper ventilation in fall and winter. If ventilation is inadequate, it limits the oxygen supply and dust particles keep cycling around.

You should schedule regular maintenance to ensure that your HVAC system is in good working condition. A professional will inspect for duct leakage and clogging.

Many habits can worsen indoor air quality. If you live in Flat Rock, NC, and want to improve your IAQ, contact Gentry Service Group to schedule professional HVAC maintenance services.

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