During the hot temperatures and intense heat waves, the sunlight essentially bakes the air and combines chemical compounds, like nitrogen oxide, within it. This is what creates thick smog outside that tends to worsen in urban areas which already emit large amounts of pollution. When this air collects inside your home and mixes with the pollutants that are already present, your indoor air quality can take a drastic hit.
So it’s not uncommon during those muggy months in the summer if can find it more difficult to breathe, especially if you already have respiratory issues or other problems. Luckily, there are some ways to improve your air quality during muggy months in your home. Here are four ways you can get better air inside and keep the pollutants out.
Keep the Windows and Doors Closed
If the temperatures spike outdoors and the air starts to feel thick, it’s best to close up the windows and doors and turn on your central air system. Keeping the pollutants out will help to reduce the number of outdoor allergens and irritants from entering your home. In general, we would recommend keeping your central air system running for the majority of days during the summer. Ensuring you have your system maintained properly and kept up to date will give you peace of mind and sweet, cool air.
Keep Rooms Ventilated
Don’t let toxic chemicals build up in your home. By using a filtered air-conditioning system when it gets hot outside, you can keep the rooms ventilated and reduce any allergens indoors. Central air systems like the ones we at Distinct Heating & Cooling install provide consistent ventilation while in use.
Add a High-Quality Air Filter
The air inside of your home can be polluted by radon, fire-retardants, formaldehyde, VOC’s, dust mites, mould and more, which can worsen once the heat kicks in. So it’s vital to install a high-quality air filter to compliment your HVAC system. A high-efficiency air filter can be used to capture finer particles from the air. Just remember to replace it when needed to keep the system operating efficiently.
Control The Humidity Level
Another tip for a healthy indoor environment is to keep the humidity level set to around 30-50 percent. By using a dehumidifier and air conditioner to reduce the moisture levels inside, you’ll be able to keep the allergens under control. We at Distinct Heating & Cooling have numerous humidifying systems available which can be used to compliment your HVAC system as a whole.
If you’ve been struggling with breathing problems indoors during the summer, it may be time to get your HVAC system inspected and upgraded. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, our professionals can help to determine if your system is operating efficiently and provide you with the advice and products necessary to improve your air quality during the summer and throughout the rest of the year.