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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality During the Summer

During the summer, outdoors we are soaking up the sun and fresh air, but our indoor air quality can be affected by the summer season.

The Greater Los Angeles Area is rated as being the fourth most polluted city in the United States, which means our indoor air quality is even worse.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels.

Replace Your Air Filter

Most air conditioning systems need to have their air filter replaced every 2 to 3 months, depending on what type of filter your system uses.

Changing your filter helps with the efficiency of your system and ensures proper ventilation.

It can also help prolong the lifetime of your system since the filter is designed to catch dirt and debris that should not be in your AC unit.

Install IAQ Devices

Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

Humidity control can be helpful to your home year-round, but especially in the forecast of the summer.

During the summer, we can see spikes in moisture throughout Los Angeles County, especially near the coast, making humidity control devices extremely helpful.

Humidifiers or dehumidifiers are systems that help control the moisture levels in your indoor air. This can help reduce allergies, dry or runny noses, bloody noses, coughing, and dry skin.

UV Air Scrubbers

UV Air Scrubbers use the antimicrobial powers of the sun and kill germs in your system. They are known to be some of the best air treatment systems on the market.

The systems can kill mold, bacteria, and viruses that are commonly found throughout your indoor air.

This system is self-cleaning and works in sync with your HVAC.

Zoning Systems

Are you constantly fighting over who controls the temperature in your home? Or do you realize you have “cold spots” throughout the house?

Both of these issues can be solved with zoning. Zoning systems allow you constant comfort, are energy efficient, and offer more control to your cooling and heating systems.

These systems can help you manipulate the temperature, by allowing air to be on where you want it when you need it.

Ventilation

According to the EPA, “for most indoor air quality problems in the home, source control is the most effective solution.”

Ventilation is one of the most cost-effective and simple ways to improve your indoor air quality.

You can implement natural ventilation, by opening windows or doors.

Since opening doors and windows can welcome hot air in the summer, you can also improve ventilation through mechanical means and infiltration.

Ventilation can help not only improve your air quality, but it also controls humidity, reduces odor and energy costs, and can improve your health.

Consider installing a QuietCool whole house ventilation fan, to help ventilate your home while keeping you cool in the summer heat. Benefits to this fan include:

  • Suitability for all locations and usage levels

  • Stale, polluted air is removed from the home and recycled naturally

  • Safety for the environment

Cleaning

When cleaning inside your home, using chemical cleaners can affect your indoor air quality.

Consider reducing or eliminating any indoor chemical use. Try using natural cleaning products instead.

Also, avoid completing any indoor activities that may produce chemicals and release them into your indoor air, such as smoking and painting.

Go Green

Consider adding a houseplant to your home. This dresses up the decor and depending on which plant you choose, it can help remove certain pollutants from the air.

Be sure to continue to water your plants and keep them in the correct amount of sunlight, so they can continue to grow and help purify the air in your home.

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