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What The Fall Means For Your Indoor Air Quality

Nov 27, 2018

We all know that our beloved San Diego is a place of sunshine and happiness all year long!

However, as winter approaches, the temperatures do begin to drop to the point where we break out the sweaters and switch on the heating system.

Throughout the fall, as temperatures begin to lower, your home’s indoor air quality will begin to suffer. Here’s what we mean:

Why Does My Home Have Low Indoor Air Quality in the Fall?

When temperatures begin to drop, we tend to spend more time indoors. And not only are we inside more, the windows are also closed due to the chilly temperatures. But did you know that the concentration of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations?

Without the constant circulation of fresh air, multiple factors within your home can begin to take a toll on your home’s air quality. These factors will worsen over time and with winter temperatures on its way, your indoor air quality will suffer unless you correct them now before the temperatures begin to drop.

Factors That Negatively Affect Indoor Air Quality

Lack of HVAC Maintenance

Each and every year, your home’s HVAC system should be serviced at least twice. Once in the spring to gear up your cooling unit for summer and once in the fall to prepare your heating system for winter. Cleaning of the ductwork, repairs of malfunctioning parts, and installation of new air filters can all help lower the amount of dust and particles in the air that can significantly lower indoor air quality. Since you’re not going to be opening the windows as much, you’re going to need to make sure your HVAC system can help you filter particles out of your home — not add to it.

Mold Buildup

One of the worst things you can have in your home is mold of any kind. Mold is toxic, so if you’re in its presence for too long you can end up becoming sick.

Mold is commonly caused by excessive moisture buildup due to condensation on low-quality windows, steam from showers, and leaks from plumbing or the roof.

Make sure you always use your kitchen exhaust fan when cooking, use your bathroom exhaust fan when showering, and always call your local plumber when you find a leak in your plumbing.

The Use of VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that are present in many everyday household items. Unfortunately for us, these chemicals are dangerous to breathe in and can take a toll on your home’s air quality.

VOCs are commonly found in many store-bought items like paint, aerosol sprays, paraffin candles, varnishes, paint removers, cleaning liquids, etc. To prevent the presence of VOCs in your home, opt for items with natural ingredients (or even make your own cleaners made from water, white vinegar, and baking soda).

Think Air Scrubbers

Another great way to keep your indoor air free of pollutants is by installing an Air Scrubber Purification System. One of the most advanced systems on the market today, The Air Scrubber Purification System clears the air while keeping surfaces clean and keeping your home healthy all year long.

To ensure your home makes it through the fall and winter without experiencing a drop in indoor air quality, make sure you tackle all of the fall maintenance right now! The pros here at Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air can help you out and ensure your home is ready for the chilly temperatures that lie ahead!

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