During the summer, solar radiation causes ozone levels to spike at ground level. This can lead to dangerous air conditions in the lower part of the atmosphere where people walk around. Ground ozone can cause painful breathing, coughing, increased asthma symptoms and more.
Here professional HVAC repair company Thomas J. Fannon & Sons shares some strategies you can use to improve air quality inside your home and hopefully improve your allergy symptoms.
Replace the air filter. Most air conditioners require a new air filter approximately every 90 days, but heavy use, and especially polluted air, demands more frequent air filter changes. Be sure to replace your system’s air filter about once every four weeks. Once fall temperatures settle in and you don’t run the air conditioner as often, plan to change the filter every two to three months.
Decrease indoor chemical use. Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can lead to irritation and respiratory problems. When purchasing new furniture, paint or carpet for your home, be mindful of the components and opt for the most natural products possible.
Control humidity. Excessive humidity leads to more than just discomfort. It can also trigger allergies, asthma attacks and respiratory problems. Take cool showers, limit the use of a water heater and line-dry clothes outdoors as often as you can to keep indoor moisture to a minimum.
Improve ventilation. Homes with tight building envelopes typically have well-developed systems for pushing stale air out while drawing fresh air in. If your home’s air always seems staler than it should, a new ventilation system may be in order.
Keep the air clean as temperatures cool. Opening the windows and doors can push polluted outdoor air directly into your home, which is the last place you want it to be. Instead of letting polluted air inside, give your HVAC system a tune-up by scheduling preventative maintenance.
Thomas J. Fannon & Sons is a family-owned HVAC company that’s been in business for over 135 years. We provide the widest range of home comfort products and services in Northern Virginia. We install and service air conditioning systems, heat pumps and gas equipment. We also deliver home heating and fuel oil. Our expertise and experience is unmatched in our local area.
If you want quick, hassle-free HVAC services, then give Thomas J. Fannon & Sons a call. Call us at (571) 520-4353 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.