5 Tips For Improving Indoor Air Quality
When fall and cold weather hits, people tend to spend more time indoors. This could lead to more asthma attacks and allergy problems if the indoor air quality is poor. To help improve the indoor air quality try these five tips:
1. Change the Furnace Filter
When was the time the furnace filter was changed? If it’s been more than three months, the filter is overdue to be changed. This can make a significant difference in helping everyone to breathe cleaner air. Particles from summer could still be trapped in the filter, causing respiratory distress. If a normal filter isn’t cutting it, consider the Micro Power Guard Air Cleaner. It’s an electronic polarized media air cleaner. It filters out sub-micronic allergens that regular filters can’t extract.
2. Close the Windows
Boise and the entire Treasure Valley are still getting some nice, sunny days, but try not to open the windows. There’s still pollen in the air, and opening the windows will bring it inside. Some people are more allergic to plants that thrive during fall weather, so they will need to be even more careful about letting pollen get indoors.
Pollutants, pollen, and other particles can get trapped in carpets. So no matter how many times the air filter gets changed, there’s still particles in the home that can cause asthma or allergies to act up. Vacuum regularly to get these allergens out of the carpet. It might even be good idea to consider a deep cleaning once or twice a year.
Dust can contain pollen and particles that will set off allergies or asthma. Regular dusting will help keep these out of the home and make it easier for everyone to breathe.
5. UV Lights
Use UV lights inside the HVAC systems to oxidize and reduce mold, mildew, fungi, pet odors, and more. Diamond Heating and Cooling offers the OxyQuantym LED- Unit for this purpose.
Talk to the experts at Diamond Heating and Cooling about how to improve indoor air quality this fall season.
Fall Air Conditioner Replacement
During the fall, people are often more concerned with their furnace than their air conditioner. However, fall might be the perfect time to re-evaluate how the air conditioner is working, and whether or not it needs to be replaced.
Here are 3 reasons to replace the air conditioner in the fall:
1. Time to Research
If the AC breaks down in the middle of summer, homeowners are going to make decisions in a hurry to get their home cool and comfortable again. Thinking about replacing the AC when it isn’t in use gives homeowners the ability to plan, research, and make an informed decision.
Most likely, the air conditioner is an older model, and might not be the right size for the home especially if they’ve added on to the home. Because of this, fall is a good time to recalibrate what size air conditioner is needed for the home.
2. Saving Up
Air conditioners cost money. By figuring out what model homeowners want during the fall, they have time to figure out how much it will cost and begin to budget for it.
3. Less Busy
After the hustle and bustle of servicing furnaces before the cold hits, HVAC technicians will have more time to dedicate to helping with AC issues. Everyone will feel less rushed discussing the installation of a new air conditioner months before it will be needed, rather than in the middle of July.
Homeowners who want to replace their air conditioner in the fall should call the experts at Diamond Heating and Cooling. They’ll be happy to assist in researching and planning for a new air conditioner for next year.
Space Heater Safety
Space heaters can be a great way to reduce the heating bill and still stay cozy. However, space heaters can be dangerous when used improperly. Each year space heaters cause more than 25,000 residential fires. To avoid a fire, follow these tips:
When using a space heater there needs to be three feet of space around it at all times. If something combustible is placed near it, there’s a good chance it could catch fire.
Space heaters need to be plugged into a wall outlet and nothing else. Extension cords or multi-outlet strips are dangerous to use with space heaters.
- Turn it Off
When leaving or going to bed, the space heater needs to be turned off. It’s best to also unplug the unit.
Places that have a lot of water nearby such as bathrooms, should not be heated with space heaters. Water or dampness could cause electric shock. Heaters designed specifically for use in bathrooms should be used in these areas.
Get a space heater that has safety features and a UL label of approval. These often have automatic shut off features in case the heater falls over, which is important for those who have children or pets who could accidentally bump the heater.
Space heaters are not one size fits all. The label should tell if it is the right size for the room homeowners are planning to heat.
- Smoke Detectors
Before using a space heater, make sure all smoke detectors are in working order. Ideally there should be one in the room where the space heater is being used. If the space heater is gas-operated, it is also important to invest in a carbon monoxide detector.
Staying warm during the winter is important, but so is safety. Follow the tips listed above and any instructions that come with the space heater.
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