The air inside your home could be three to five times more polluted than the air outdoors due to dust, pet dander, cleaning products, and bacteria.

The air inside your home could be three to five times more polluted than the air outdoors due to dust, pet dander, cleaning products, and bacteria. Low indoor air quality (IAQ) can worsen allergies and upper respiratory conditions, and a moist environment can keep mold and bacteria in your living space, increasing your potential for getting sick. Since you spend a lot of time at home, it is beneficial to consider ways to improve the air you and your family inhale each day and one way is with the help of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Your HVAC system does more than regulate your home’s temperature. It can also positively or negatively influence your property’s IAQ. All forced-air HVAC units need air filters that keep the parts inside the air handler clean, but if dust and debris get stuck inside, they could travel into your home. This guide will give you some tips on how to use your HVAC to improve indoor air quality.

 

How Your HVAC System Affects Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Most people spend up to 90 percent of their day indoors so it is essential to have a healthy air quality inside your home. You might want to think about switching out your air conditioning unit if it is reducing your home’s IAQ. Mold and mildew could form in the system and contaminate the air coming out of the ductwork. Older HVAC units also contain R-22, an outdated refrigerant that produces a high level of carbon emissions. A brand-new air conditioner can help you keep allergens and debris out of your living space.

The HVAC system affects your home’s indoor air quality, both positively and negatively, in the following ways:

  • Eliminates odors and pollutants: The unit brings in air from the outside and sends it through a filtration system that gets rid of odors and allergens. Having a functioning filter helps keep outside pollutants out of your living space to reduce allergies and asthma symptoms.
  • Keeps out pests: A functioning central air system includes ductwork and filters that can help keep out insects and pests. However, if you have leaky ductwork or openings around your wall or window unit, rodents and insects could sneak into your home and produce waste.
  • Regulates indoor humidity: Besides heating and cooling your living space, an HVAC system also eliminates the moisture in the air. An environment that is too moist can make you sweaty and uncomfortable, but it could also lead to a build-up of mold, mildew, and bacteria. In the winter, an environment that is too dry can make you more susceptible to illness. If you can control your home’s humidity with your HVAC system, you have a better chance of staying healthy all year long.
  • Provides adequate ventilation: The fan in your HVAC unit can provide the proper airflow for your house. Newer construction homes have tight seals around them to enhance their energy efficiency, but these seals can also make the air stale, increasing pollutants and moisture. On the other hand, a functioning ventilation system moves the air throughout your home to prevent mold and other allergens from growing.
  • Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise for years. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call Green Apple toll-free at 888-611-7191
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