As spring arrives, residents of Monroe, North Carolina enjoy the new season by opening windows to capture the breezes and warm air. As you breathe in the fresh outdoor air, you may notice that your indoor air has odors or seems stale. There are ways to freshen the air and improve indoor air quality this spring.

Remove Sources of Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency states that the most effective way to improve indoor air is to remove or reduce sources of pollution. Cigarette smoke, fumes from gas cooking stoves, emissions from craft supplies, and airborne particulates from ordinary household products can degrade the quality of the indoor air. Some activities, such as painting and crafts, can be done outside or in well-ventilated areas.

Increase Ventilation

If you have central air conditioning, you probably keep your house closed up most of the year. When weather permits, open windows to bring in some fresh air. Use ceiling fans in living areas and exhaust fans in areas of high humidity. There are products that work with a central HVAC system to increase ventilation. Your HVAC contractor can evaluate the quality of the indoor air in your home and suggest ways to improve it.

Clean Dirty Air Ducts

HVAC air filters keep airborne particles from entering ducts. When air filters get dirty, dust, pet dander, dust mites and other particulates bypass the filter and build up inside ducts. In addition, ducts should be sealed from moisture. If a system has been improperly installed or leaks, moisture may enter ducts.

Moisture in ducts can lead to biological growth. Call an HVAC contractor for an evaluation if you experience this issue.

Union Services provides a full array of HVAC services including new installations, preventive maintenance and repairs. For more information about how to improve the indoor air quality of your home, call (704) 233-7029 to speak to one of our NATE-certified technicians.