Indoor air quality is a harder subject to approach with homeowners than something like heating or air conditioning. With temperature control, more often than not you can feel the difference by way of your own comfort. It’s hard to get used to sweating and overheating, which is why you’ll know when you need solid air conditioning service. Likewise with a heater, if you’re freezing on a chilly day then you’ll know that heater service is something you’ll absolutely want.
However, with indoor air quality, homeowners can have poor air quality inside their homes and believe that it’s normal. We’ve stepped into plenty of homes that are full of dust, debris, and pet dander to the point of being a respiratory problem, but homeowners don’t often notice since we can get used to our poor air quality easily. So, as your resident specialist team for HVAC in Sarasota, FL we’re going to fill you in on a few ways you can watch for your lousy air quality.
The Signs of Poor Air Quality
While there are tests you can buy to assess your air quality to a more specific degree, a lot of homeowners are looking for DIY ways to notice any problems with their air quality. Whether you’re unsure if you’ll need an air purifier or air filtration system, we’ve got a few steps that you can walk through to see if one of these systems will be necessary to improve your air quality. Let’s take a look.
Look Out for Mold
When it comes to humidity, our area is as humid as it gets. Unfortunately for us, humidity leads to damp, dark, homes which can be the perfect breeding ground for mold. Use your eyes and nose to check the walls, ceilings, and especially the basement of your home. Do you notice any growing black spots, particularly moist spots in your home, or areas of puddled water? Those need to be addressed as soon as possible, as they can become mold infestations that will ruin your property as well as your air quality.
Excess Respiratory Distress
When you’re inside, you shouldn’t be coughing unless you’re sick or have some chronic illness. Respiratory distress can be one of the most obvious signals that there’s something wrong in your home. If there are dust and debris caught in your ductwork, you could be choking on material that should be filtered out. Don’t get used to coughing or sneezing, contact a professional to explore your air quality options today.
Change Your Air Filter
While your heater or air conditioner’s air filter isn’t necessarily meant for helping your personal air quality, it can still help catch debris that’s causing you trouble. Make sure you replace your air filter every 1-3 months for maximum efficiency, making both you and your HVAC system happy.
Contact a Professional
Teams like ours are well equipped to deal with poor indoor air quality. We have the tools and the air filtration systems that can handle whatever your home is hiding in the air ducts or walls. If you’re having trouble assessing your indoor air quality and could use a professional opinion, give us a call today.
For professional air filtration and purification, contact our team at Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. today. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.