Celebrate National “Care About Your Indoor Air” Month

indoor-airAfter living in Southern California for some time, you may be aware of the less-than-pristine air that surrounds us. Emissions from cars, planes and other airborne pollutants only add to the contamination in the air we breathe.

While you may be aware of the poor outdoor air quality in our area, have you ever thought about the air quality inside your home? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality can often be worse than the air outside1. The EPA estimates that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five leading factors affecting respiratory health in the country.

In honor of National “Care About Your Indoor Air” Month taking place this February, here are a few tips to consider to help improve indoor air quality:

  • Clean your ducts regularly. We recommend having your ducts checked annually for cleaning needs. Note that the frequency of your duct cleaning may changed depending on the number of people in your home, pets, types of filters used, carpeting, etc. Ask the professionals at RighTime Home Services just how often the ducts in your home should be cleaned and maintained.
  • Clean your vents. If your HVAC system isn’t configured properly, it can be common for mold to grow on HVAC vents, especially after a wet winter like we’ve been having. Mold indicates there are areas of excessive moisture or humidity, ideal breeding grounds for mold spores. Those sources of water, combined with collections of dust and dirt within your ductwork, are problem spots that can cause poor air quality throughout your home. Keeping those vents clean can go a long way when it comes to maintaining cleaner air.
  • Install a whole-house air cleaner to help keep the air inside your house as clean as possible. These cleaners are designed to help minimize indoor air pollutants, such as dust and other allergens, so you and your family can breathe easier.
  • Maintain your HVAC unit. It can’t be said enough: routine maintenance of your HVAC unit and air filters are key in helping to ensure that your system is clean, running efficiently, safe and healthy for you and your family.

If you believe that you and your family could be experiencing poor indoor air quality, or if you’d like to learn more about how to improve your indoor air quality, give RighTime Home Services of Orange County a call at (714) 793-0739 or visit https://www.rightimeservices.com/locations/orange-county/.

1 http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/indoorair.html