For some people, maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) can present some difficulty because of particulates that cause allergies. In this blog, heating and air conditioning service contractor J&M Air Conditioning & Heating takes a look at the challenges to IAQ during the fall season, and how you can deal with them.
Challenges to Indoor Air Quality
Fall and spring are peak allergy seasons. Thanks to the milder weather, many people tend to crack their windows open to let in the cool air. Unfortunately, this also allows a number of indoor air pollutants into the house, which can be a problem for people who suffer from allergies. Allergens and particulates will eventually be trapped by air filters in the HVAC system, but the chances of inhaling them before that happens are higher.
In addition to allergens, there are other concerns that may affect indoor air quality during the fall season:
- If you’re performing house cleaning and maintenance in preparation for the winter season, dust, chemicals and household cleaning products may mix with the air indoors.
- Air fresheners used to mask odors further reduce indoor air quality instead of improving it.
- Increased indoor humidity can encourage mold growth, as well as cause condensation on windows.
Answering the Challenges
Many of these challenges are unavoidable, but there are things that you can do to counter their effects.
Regular HVAC Maintenance and Inspection — Regular air conditioner and heat pump inspection can help ensure that your HVAC system is free from indoor air pollutants.
Air Duct Cleaning — Air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years. Over time, dust and dirt can get stuck on the vents and in the blower.
Clean or Replace Air FIlters — Air filters require cleaning or replacement every three months, or every month during seasons of heavy use. Consider upgrading to HEPA filters or electrostatic air filters for improved efficiency.
Use a Humidifier/Dehumidifier — A humidifier/dehumidifier enables you to control indoor humidity. There are standalone units that are perfect for average rooms and small homes, as well as whole-home systems that can be integrated with your existing HVAC system or smart home controls.
Call J&M for All Your HVAC and Indoor Air Quality Needs
J&M is your leading provider of heating and cooling services. We’re the contractor to turn to when you need a new window air conditioner, rain or shine. Give us a call at (951) 663-4895 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Hemet, CA, and surrounding areas.