When fire season in full swing, air quality is a major concern for New Mexico homeowners. While your cooling system can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home during the summer months, it also has a major impact on the quality of air you breathe.
If your cooling system pulls air from low-quality, smoky air outside, it will push these same pollutants into your home. With regular maintenance and cleaning, however, you can enjoy high-quality air in your home all summer long.
Indoor Air Pollution
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is up to 5 times worse in quality than the air outdoors. Without adequate ventilation, homes are likely to experience poor air quality.
The primary causes of indoor air pollution are found in day-to-day living and include:
- Stove top cooking and fireplaces
- Household cleaning products
- Building materials
- Dust, mold spores, and allergens
Remodeling projects are also a major cause of low air quality in a home, as projects such as painting and sanding pollute the air with dust particles and chemicals.
Improving Air Quality in Your Home
Thankfully, there are many ways to ensure your home air quality is healthy. In addition to encouraging airflow through open doors and windows, homeowners can reduce indoor air pollution by:
- Removing the source of the pollution – i.e. store heavy duty cleaners outside, remove harmful insulation products, avoid smoking or operating burning stoves indoors.
- Increasing ventilation – use fans in kitchen, bathroom, and attic to stimulate air flow, keep windows open.
- Air filtration – by selecting a high-quality filter for your air conditioning system, you can remove impurities and improve air quality.
TLC Plumbing can help you improve the air quality in your home with regular inspections, maintenance, and cleaning of your air conditioning system. With a full range of HVAC and evaporative cooler options, we can help you create a healthy air environment in your home.
Protect Your Health with TLC
Because low-quality air doesn’t have as much oxygen, improving air quality in your home could benefit your health and well-being. Whether you have a duct system or an older swamp cooler, TLC Plumbing can help you improve the air quality in your home while fire season rages outside. With over 25 years of HVAC and evaporative cooler experience in New Mexico, our certified technicians are prepared to help you create a healthy air environment in your home.