Before you begin troubleshooting your HVAC system for poor indoor air quality, make sure you have good air quality practices.
Troubleshooting poor indoor air quality is important because bad air quality can be annoying or even unhealthy. However, before you contact your HVAC technician to fix an apparent problem with your unit, see if you're making the following indoor air quality mistakes:
The air filters are the first line of defense in your HVAC system for cleaning the indoor air. HVAC air filters remove much of the dust and floating air particles in your home or office. If these air filters become clogged, they can't work as effectively. Additionally, clogged air filters inhibit air flow, which can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system.
If you don't regularly dust or vacuum your home or office, an extra amount of dust will build up. In turn, this increases the number of contaminants, such as mold spores, dead skin cells and bug body parts. Your HVAC’s air filter can usually remove these particles, but routine cleaning will further improve your indoor air quality as well as allow you to change your air filter less often.
Having too much humidity is bad because it can foster mold and mildew growth. Too little humidity will be uncomfortable and cause winter itch. Therefore, the use of a dehumidifier or humidifier may be necessary to maintain healthy and comfortable humidity levels. You want a humidity level around 35% to 45%.
To fix any problems with your indoor quality, troubleshooting of your HVAC system could be necessary. If that’s the case, or if you want additional advice on achieving good indoor air quality, contact our team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating.