It's natural to spend more time indoors when summer is at its most brutal, baking the sidewalks, spreading sunburn and inflicting hot, humid air on the lungs. But when you want to leave the windows closed and the air conditioner running, you should also take steps to make sure that the air is clean and healthy in your home, as closed systems concentrate household pollutants and the humidity encourages mold and bacteria growth.
There are a few different strategies for controlling your indoor air quality: You can reduce the numbers of pollutants being introduced into your air, you can take care to ventilate properly and bring fresh air in from the outside, and you can filter and clean the air inside your home.
All three strategies should be part of a comprehensive air-quality plan.
- Source control. Sealing furnaces, gas lines, asbestos-containing insulation and other pollutant sources will keep fumes and particulates out of the air which circulates inside your home, and is a good way to boost indoor air quality. You should also make sure to have carbon monoxide detectors installed, so you can keep an eye out for this invisible poison.
- Proper ventilation. Getting stale air out of your home and bringing fresh air in is one of the simplest and most effective ways of cleaning your air – on its lowest-tech end, it's the principle of opening a window or a door to admit a cool breeze. When the breeze isn't as cool, though, and you're worried about losing conditioned air, you might want to consider a heat recovery ventilator, which transfers heat between the air you're expelling and the air you're bringing in.
- Air filtration and cleaning. Air conditioners and furnaces already have air filters – which should be replaced every month or two – but for the cleanest air, a standalone air filter or air purifier can boost indoor air quality by a significant margin.
For any questions, or to get an expert assessment of your home air quality needs, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We're happy to serve the residents of the greater Cleveland area for all their summer (and winter) needs.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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