The fall is quickly approaching, which means your HVAC system needs to be prepared. With changing weather conditions and outside debris, your HVAC system will become susceptible to new dangers that pose a risk to your indoor air quality. Here’s how you can maintain healthy indoor air quality for the fall.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit
The fall represents a beautiful time outside. With its autumn colors and falling leaves, there are no seasons like the fall. But with the changing of the seasons comes unique weather conditions that pose inherent risks to your outdoor unit and, in turn, your indoor air quality.
If you have central air conditioning, those falling leaves can actually find their way to your outdoor unit. Getting stuck on your outdoor unit could potentially mean clogged ventilation and ducts — thus throttling your HVAC system’s performance and delivering you less-than-stellar air quality.
Furthermore, heavy rain can bind leaves and other outside debris like muck to your outdoor unit. Be sure to regularly clean and maintain said outdoor unit.
Replace Your Air Filter
Your air filter is what ultimately provides you safe and healthy indoor air quality. Serving as a gateway, your air filter is what allows clean air to run through your home or office, while filtering out dust, dirt, and other airborne pollutants.
On average, you should be replacing your air filter every 3 months (90 days) at home. If unsupervised, a clogged air filter can lead to poor air quality and even sickness in the home or office. Emphysema, asthma, and bronchitis are just some of the lung conditions that can be aggravated by poor air quality, so replace your air filter as needed!
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Regardless of season, HVAC maintenance should be a top priority to maintain healthy indoor air quality. Having a trained professional like those at XTRAIRE take a look at your HVAC system is incredibly beneficial, as they can spot where your system could be improved, what parts need to be fixed, and so on and so forth.
HVAC technicians will also be able to replace your air filter, maintain your outdoor unit, and provide you with the utmost comfort whether it’s in your home or your office.
Prepare for Flooding
A more circumstantial example — but for those who live in high-flood zones, downpours can pose a risk to your indoor air quality. Consider investing in a sump pump to remove water from your basement and home in the case of flooding.
Should you experience flooding in your home, it’s possible that the wetness and excess moisture can make things moldy — which can be particularly dangerous to breathe in. According to the Mayo Clinic, allergic reactions can occur when breathing in mold spores, leading to sneezing, coughing, and watery and itchy eyes.
Maintaining Healthy Indoor Air Quality with XTRAIRE
At XTRAIRE, we are committed to providing homeowners and businesses with healthy indoor air quality. Since 1986, we have worked to serve Long Island homes and businesses with the care that they deserve.
Providing you with the best solutions available, you can always count on great indoor air quality with XTRAIRE. To learn more about our services and how we can help you, please visit our website and contact us today!