Improving Your Air Quality For Healthier Lungs & Savings
Winter has officially passed. The days are beginning to warm up and get longer, and the temperatures are finally climbing into the 60s and higher again. The fun of barbecues, playing outside, and relaxing on the patio without freezing are all something to look forward to. However, it’s not all a picnic when spring finally arrives.
The warmer weather also brings with it allergens, like dust and pollen. For those sensitive to these allergens, Spring can be a time of grabbing tissues, nasal spray, allergy medication and hoping for the best. However, these issues can be avoided by being mindful of the air quality in at home.
The Effects of Poor Air Quality
Those who suffer from allergies are keenly aware of the air quality, pollen, and dust counts in the air. The quality of their daily life can vary greatly with these numbers. However, many of the effects of being around poor air quality are harder to notice but equally important.
In situations where the air quality is poor, more viruses and bacteria are found in the air, meaning sickness will spread more frequently in a house without a good air filter.
With bad air quality, skin can also be impacted, causing rashes and irritation for the very sensitive. What’s worse, is that the same air quality that’s impacting an individual’s health could also be damaging their air conditioner, thus making it worse. Bad air quality cuts an HVAC’s lifespan and forces it to work harder to regulate the temperature at home.
Using an Air Filter to Improve Air Quality
Thankfully, the air filters inside many homes take care of a lot of the potential allergens that can make their way into people’s bodies. However, the system is only effective if maintained with a regular changing of those air filters. How often do they need to be changed out?
That really depends on a few factors. If a person lives alone or the property is a vacation home, they can get away with changing the filter just once or twice a year. However, if there are pets or the people are sensitive to allergies, the filter should be changed monthly.
As a general rule of thumb, a filter should be changed every quarter - but it depends greatly on the conditions specific to that family. Whenever there is uncertainty about the right solution, calling an HVAC contractor is always the best decision.
Breathing Clean Air Deeply
With a properly maintained filtration system, there are plenty of benefits to enjoy right away. Not only are individuals free of dust, pollen and other allergens that are commonly seen this time of year, but there are other benefits as well.
Regularly checking and maintaining the air filter will reduce the workload on any HVAC system, increasing the energy efficiency. This will help decrease monthly energy bills. In addition, using less energy will increase the longevity of the system, delaying the need for costly repairs. It's a win-win situation.
This time of year always resembles the Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust.” With all the dust swirling in the air, the classic song can't help but get stuck in people’s heads. Thankfully, with a good and clean air system, everyone can avoid biting the dust.
About 4 Seasons Heating & Cooling
When it comes to questions about air quality, heating, and air conditioning 4 Seasons Heating & Cooling provides free estimates, 10-year parts and labor warranty, and 24/7 live call answers. For any HVAC issues, their background checked and drug tested technicians are always ready to help out the community.