Indoor air quality plays an important role in maintaining a healthy and comfortable home. In fact, poor indoor air quality can lead to a range of health problems, including headaches, allergies, and respiratory issues – and these are worse for those who already have conditions like asthma.

That’s why taking appropriate steps to improve the air quality in your home is a must. Fortunately for folks in and near Nashville, there are some simple things you can do to improve the quality of air in your home – and the quality of life for you and your family.

How Can I Keep My Indoor Air Cleaner?

Duct Maintenance

a return air vent covered in dustYour HVAC system’s ductwork is responsible for distributing heated or cooled air throughout your home. Over time, dust, dirt, and other contaminants can build up in the ducts, which can then circulate through your home, compromising indoor air quality. Regular duct maintenance is essential to keep your air clean and healthy.

The first step in duct maintenance is to have your ducts professionally cleaned. Qualified and educated techs will use the appropriate tools and equipment to remove debris from the ducts safely and efficiently. This guarantees improved air flow, cleaner air, and better performance overall. If you’re experiencing issues with your indoor air quality, or if it’s been a while since your ducts were cleaned, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a team of professionals – like us – as soon as possible.

In addition to professional cleaning, it’s also important to keep your ducts in good condition by sealing any leaks or gaps. This can be done using duct sealing tape (not to be confused with duct tape, which ironically is not meant for use on your ducts), which is available at most home improvement stores. Leaks and gaps in your ducts can allow contaminants to enter the ductwork and compromise your indoor air quality.

Better yet, though, rely on an expert from the start to avoid potential damages or hazards. Airbusters Heating and Cooling has a team of highly qualified HVAC technicians that are ready and willing to help you get your ductwork clean, sealed, and distributing clean air throughout your home. 

If you haven’t scheduled duct maintenance in awhile, now is a great time – call today.

Changing Your Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system play a critical role in maintaining indoor air quality. They trap dirt, dust, and other pollutants, preventing them from entering your home and compromising your air quality. Regularly changing your air filters is essential to keep your air clean and healthy. In addition to clean air, regular filter changing can extend the life of your furnace and lower your electric bill. 

A general rule of thumb is to change your air filters every three months, but this can vary based on a number of factors, like: 

  • the size of your home
  • the type of HVAC system you have
  • traffic levels (how many people are in and out throughout the day)
  • your number of pets
  • whether anyone in your has asthma, allergies, or respiratory issues
  • …and more

For instance, if you have a large family, a couple of dogs, and lots of sporting equipment going in and out every day, you’ll probably want to change them closer to every 1 or 2 months. We suggest checking them after one month to see where you’re at.

Another important tip? When purchasing your air filters, be sure to choose the right type for your HVAC system and household needs. There are a variety of filters available, including fiberglass filters, pleated filters, and HEPA filters. Each type is designed for a specific type of HVAC system and offers varying levels of filtration. 

Not sure what would be best for your home? Consult with an Airbusters Heating and Cooling professional for assistance – we’d be happy to offer some expert advice and insight.

Keeping Humidity Levels Under Control

Humidity levels in your home can also impact indoor air quality. High humidity levels can promote the growth of mold and other allergens, while low humidity levels can dry out your skin, throat, eyes, and respiratory system. And both extremes can cause home damage too.

If you’re not sure what the ideal humidity level is for your home, a good guideline is to aim for a relative humidity level of between 30% and 50%. You can measure humidity levels in your home using a hygrometer, which is a simple and inexpensive tool that’s available at most home improvement stores.

And if things aren’t where you’d like them to be? Give us a call. We can install a hew humidifier and dehumidifier, so you’re all set, no matter the season.

Keep Up With Cleaning

stock photo of blue dust mop on a wood floorIf you’re constantly on the move with kids’ activities, work meetings, evening events, and more, cleaning probably isn’t high on your list of priorities – we get it!

That said, getting the basics, like dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and sweeping, in when you can will put a lot less stress on your HVAC system in the long run. The more dust, dander, and pollutants it has to filter through its system, the harder it will have to work, the higher your energy bills will be, and the more likely breakdowns will occur.

Invest in Services From a Pro

Airbusters Heating and Cooling offers a variety of IAQ services that will help you breathe easier, including air filter replacement services, air purifier installation, humidifier/dehumidifier installation, sanitation (with UV lights), coil treatment services, and mechanical ventilation.

Give Airbusters a Call Today

We take the health of our community seriously. Call today to schedule an IAQ assessment and find out how we can help. We know you will be happy and satisfied as you breathe safer, cleaner air.

Get started now – call 615-813-6973 or reach out online today.