Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Is National Care About Your Indoor Air Month

Most American's are aware of the dangers of outdoor air pollution. However, did you know that sometimes indoor air quality can be worse than outside? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution can be around two to five times higher - occasionally 100 times - than outdoor pollution levels. We sometimes misinterpret the signs of poor indoor air and we cannot see the invisible, harmful particles we breathe. In honor of National Care About Your Indoor Air Month, Your Lake of the Ozarks heating and cooling company has five ways you can improve the air inside your home. 

1. Keep Up Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance is important to make sure all household appliances are working properly. A professional HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help keep your furnace and air conditioner running efficiently longer. It's important to inspect any gas appliance, such as a range or clothes dryer, for any leaks. If there are any leaks present, get them fixed immediately. If you have any gas appliances, carbon monoxide detectors are also important, as they can detect the odorless gas. 

2. Control The Source

One of the best ways to reduce air pollution in your home is to control the cause of it. Regular surface cleaning is helpful in removing particles, like dust, that have accumulated on surfaces such as floors, blinds, drapes, and decorative items. If they're kept clean, it will help these particles from getting stirred up and becoming airborne again. In addition to keeping your home dust free, it is also important to regularly bathe your pets to keep pet dander at lower levels. If you find mold in your home, it should be removed immediately, so the mold spores don't become airborne. 

3. Ventilate

During the warmer months, ventilate your home by opening windows and doors to let fresh air in and circulate throughout your home. Ensure dirty air is not being circulated throughout your home by regularly cleaning out air vents to get rid of dust and other debris that could get caught in them. In addition, check the air filter once a month and change it as necessary. If you have pets or children, you may need to change the filter more often.

4. Clean Your Indoor Air

From air purifiers to UV lamps, there are many different ways you can keep your indoor air clean. Whole-home air purifiers and filters treat 100 percent of the air flowing through your HVAC system before it circulates throughout your home. It removes bacteria, viruses, pollen and mold from the air. UV lamps help prevent mold and other bacteria from growing on the cooling coils, which help protect the air you breathe. In addition to air purifiers and UV lamps, dehumidifiers and humidifiers can help keep your home comfortable and keep the air clean. 

Keep Your Indoor Air Clean!

If you're wanting to make sure your indoor air is clean and safe for your family, contact us today about what you can do for your home. From installing a whole-home air purifier to upgrading your HVAC system, the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks can do it all! To set up an appointment or to learn more about indoor air quality, contact us at 573-480-4313. 

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