Hello, readers, and welcome back to our blog. Here at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning, we know residents in the New Braunfels area want the air quality in their homes to be at its best for the health and safety of their loved ones. It’s unsettling thinking about all the strange pollutants that may be floating around in the air within your home. In our last blog post, we began exploring some of the benefits of getting your home air quality tested, which included identifying and treating such pollutants as gas, chemicals, mold, and mildew. Additionally, improving the air quality in your home can actually raise the property value when trying to sell a home. Today, we’ll continue our discussion on the advantages you’ll gain with an indoor air inspection in part two of this short blog series.

Replace Air Filters

Along with inspecting the air quality in your home, a qualified technician will also inspect the air filters, looking for leaks, dirt and dust buildup, and making sure the air filters are getting replaced regularly. Air filters can be easily replaced and should be changed every four to six weeks or at a minimum of every three months.

Air Duct Inspection

This is a crucial aspect of your home air quality system. The ductwork is a system of air duct vents that allow air traveling from the HVAC system to flow throughout the home. It’s important to make sure that these areas are not blocked by furniture, appliances, rugs, or other household goods which could obstruct proper air flow. It’s also a good idea to inspect these ducts to make sure that pests and debris have not made their way into these spaces. If the air ducts are dirty, this means the air flowing through them is picking up dust particles that are then dispersed throughout the household and into human airways. An air quality check can help ensure that air ducts are free of debris and working properly.

 

 

Check for Pests

Checking for dust mites, cockroaches, mice, rats, spiders, and any other unwelcome pests can greatly improve the air quality in a home. These uninvited guests love turning air ducts, vents, and other tight spaces into their homes. The problem is that they leave traces of urine, droppings, body parts, and bring in other types of pests that they eat. Fumes from rodent defecation and the unpleasant aromas associated with other bacterias that pests bring into the home can trigger respiratory issues and allergic reactions, especially among children, the elderly, and those who suffer from allergies. It’s good practice to maintain clean vents by vacuuming, dusting, and wiping them down to get rid of dirt and dust build-up. What’s more, cleaning in and around your vents helps you get rid of those unwanted critters that like to make vents their home. Cleaning your vents will help ensure proper airflow while also promoting cleaner air quality within the home.

Dirt, Dust, and Pet Dander

Along with pests, dirt, dust, and pet dander buildup pollute the air quality in your home. It’s easy to miss or forget those areas that aren’t easy to reach when cleaning the home. Unfortunately, this contributes to poor air quality that can affect the health of you and your loved ones. Dirty, dusty air can induce symptoms that include coughing, wheezing, itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, headaches, and allergic reactions, especially in young children and the elderly. While everyone loves their pets dearly, their hair and dander also contribute to poor air quality. To combat this, make sure to clean and vacuum regularly, and to change those air filters frequently. An air quality technician can also recommend an efficient air filter that can help clean, improve, and manage the air quality in a home that is subject to high amounts of dust and pet dander.   

Schedule an Air Quality Test

This concludes our short blog series. We hope you’ve found this information helpful. If you would like to schedule a home air inspection or request a free estimate, our team at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning in New Braunfels will be happy to assist you. With an air quality test, our certified technicians can recommend medical grade air purifiers, an ERF fresh air system installation, and can replace old air filters with quality HEPA media filters. Give us a call today!