Winter Indoor Air Quality Tips in Tucson
With dry, mild, and sunny weather here in Arizona, it is the perfect time of the year to occasionally open windows to freshen the air into your Tucson home.
Natural ventilation is one way to lower pollution concentrations in your home and improve indoor air quality (IAQ). It is part of an indoor air strategy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends, along with controlling the source of pollutants in your home and using air cleaners to eliminate contaminants.
Although open windows can effectively assist in freshening your living space, it is not always a reliable means of improving indoor air. You only want to open windows when outdoor pollution is low.
Your Trusted Arizona HVAC Company
Hamstra Heating & Cooling offers a variety of options for improving indoor air quality. We are a family-owned heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company with over 40 years of experience assisting customers in Greater Tucson.
We believe good indoor air quality starts with your HVAC system. Regularly changing your air filter before it clogs is essential to improve indoor air, keep your equipment clean, and maintain airflow to your heating and cooling system.
We recommend changing your air filter at least every 90 days and inspecting it monthly.
Maintain Your Tucson Heating and Cooling System
A clean HVAC system also contributes to improved indoor air. Furnace, heat pump, and air conditioner tune-ups keep your equipment in top condition, restore efficiency, and clean components.
Schedule heating maintenance in the fall and air conditioner checkups every spring to get the most out of your heating and cooling system while improving indoor air in your Tucson home.
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Do-It-Yourself IAQ Tips
You can easily follow the EPA’s recommendation to control pollution at its source by incorporating these tips into your daily routine:
- Remove clutter so you can clean your home more effectively.
- Dust the furniture, blinds, and baseboards. Remove cobwebs near ceilings and regularly wipe or vacuum the dust on refrigerator coils, ceiling fans, and light fixtures.
- Place mats outside each exterior door and clean your shoes before entering your home. Consider putting on slippers at the door to avoid tracking dirt throughout your living space.
- Always use an exhaust fan when cooking on gas stoves and prohibit indoor tobacco smoking.
- Vacuum the dust and dirt off air vent grilles and registers.
- Off-gassing from household cleaners, paints, and other chemicals can affect indoor air. Be sure to open a window for ventilation when using hobby materials, such as adhesives or varnishes. Consider keeping paints, pesticides, and other off-gassing products in your garage or shed.
Get Professional HVAC Help
Using an air purifier is the third part of the EPA’s indoor air improvement strategy.
At Hamstra Heating & Cooling, we take a whole-house approach to indoor air improvement and offer a variety of air purification devices that reduce particles, bacteria, and viruses throughout your home.
Let one of our qualified technicians analyze the indoor air in your Tucson home. Our assessment will help determine the best solution for your needs. Here are just a few of the purification systems available:
- Dry winter indoor air calls for a whole-house humidifier. It will add moisture to the air and increase low humidity levels.
- An ultraviolet (UV) light can kill mold, bacteria, and viruses in the air as it flows through your HVAC equipment.
- Air filtering systems, such as American Standard’s QuikBox™, use a powerful filter to remove dust and allergens.
- An air purifier typically works with your HVAC to kill particles and bacteria. Our favorite is Air Scrubber Advanced by Aerus. It is installed in ductwork and kills airborne and surface contaminants, such as dust, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and germs.