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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Your Arizona home is your oasis. The place you want to come after a long hard day at work, kick of your shoes and take a nice deep breath. Trust us when we say that that breath can be a lot more enjoyable if your home is purged of nasty air contaminates. Dive in with us as we take a look at 5 things you can do in your Scottsdale or Payson, Arizona home to improve your indoor air quality.

1. Replace Your Air Filter

Remembering to replace the air filter every 30-60 days is the best thing you can do to trap indoor air pollutants and make sure the air inside is clean and breathable. The air in your home gets recycled throughout your duct system. If your air filter is dirty and clogged, you risk doing damage to your HVAC system in addition to adding unnecessary particles to the indoor air.

2. Consider Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Since all the air in your home eventually makes its way through your central air duct system, you want to make sure that it is cleaned every once in a while. A good rule of thumb is to schedule a air duct cleaning every 3-5 years. Depending on certain circumstances it may be a good idea to do so more often. It is no surprise that dirtier homes require more frequent cleanings.

A good way to tell if you are up for a duct cleaning is look inside your air ducts. Unscrew one of the vents/registers and stick your flash camera inside to take a picture. The pictures will come out very dirty, somewhat dirty, or fairly clean. If you see medium-to-large objects and a ton of dust, it’s time to call your local HVAC expert to inspect the home for dirty air ducts.

3. Have A Licensed Tech Inspect Your HVAC Ventilation

It’s vital to have an adequate ventilation system for your HVAC system, as well as for your kitchen and bathroom. Without proper ventilation, you can risk carbon monoxide poisoning, mildew and mold! This is just one of the reasons you want to schedule yearly HVAC maintenance before every heating season. Especially in communities like Payson where temperatures can get quite cold very quick!

4. Increase Ventilation Around Your Home

The reason why your indoor air is so much more polluted than the outdoor air is because the natural environment has things like the sun and plants to help filter and clean the air. While indoor plants and open windows help, you may want to invest in an energy recovery ventilator so that you don’t bring in the outside temperatures with the air.

5. Check Your Household Cleaning Solutions

Often, cleaners can affect your indoor air and can potentially make you sick. Cleaners, paints, and other chemical-based products often release harmful volatile organic compounds into the air that can cause respiratory problems and many other issues. Be mindful of the chemicals you are placing in the air.

If you are unsure if you can handle any of these 5 steps on your own, don't hesitate to call Scottsdale and Payon's go to Air Duct and Dryer Venter cleaners. We are Sunshine Restoration and we look forward to serving you!

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