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How to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Can you believe summer is over? Neither can we! The pool and beach days have come to a close and the kids are back in school. As we head into fall, our weekends will be filled with apple picking, playing in the leaves, and swapping out our summer clothes with cozy sweaters. But as the seasons change, so does the weather. With less humidity, the air in our homes will become more dry, impacting our indoor air quality.

In this blog, you’ll learn how you can improve your home’s indoor air quality as we transition into fall and why it’s important to always keep your home’s air quality clean and healthy. Keep reading to find out!

Install a Humidifier

Like we mentioned briefly above, when the temperatures drop, so does the humidity, meaning the air inside and outside your home becomes drier. Many people who suffer from allergies or other sinus issues feel these effects as the weather drops and humidifiers are a great way to combat this issue. Installing a humidifier will bring moisture back into your home’s air when it is too dry, often relieving people of their allergy symptoms.

Let the Fresh Air In

If you and your household are not affected by fall allergies, this is the perfect season to open the windows and let the fresh air in before the temperatures drop below freezing. Opening the windows will also give your HVAC system a break from the work it had to put in all summer to keep your family comfortable. Letting the fresh air circulate throughout your home will help eliminate those indoor contaminants and will also save you some money on your utility bills!

Clean Your Carpets

If you have pets, you know that their fur and dander can be found all over the house, especially on the carpets and rugs. If vacuuming weekly isn’t already part of your routine, it’s time to make it a habit. Pet fur can seriously impact indoor air quality, especially for people who have allergies. If you don’t have pets, you still need to clean! After a long day of playing outside, the kids will run into the house and the dirt from their shoes will be left behind on your floors.

It’s very easy for carpets and rugs to collect dust, dirt, and other contaminants, so vacuuming and sweeping regularly is a must during fall.

Replace Air Filters

Did you check your air filters once summer ended? Over time, air filters can become filled with dust and other debris that will eventually force your HVAC system to work even harder while spreading indoor pollutants throughout your home. Replacing your old air filters with new ones is a great start to improving your home’s air quality. It’s recommended to check your filters every 30 days and replace them at least every 60 to 90 days. Simply slide the old one out and slide the new one in.

Avoid Store-Bought Air Fresheners

While the smells of pumpkin spice and cinnamon are exactly what we think of when we picturefall, commercial air fresheners can often do more harm than good. Many of us want our homes to smell warm and cozy, but many of these air fresheners contain toxic ingredients that you don’t want circulating your home. Instead, try using natural air fresheners like essential oils and potpourri when possible.

Did you know the quality of your air at home can be up to 100 times worse than the air outside? That’s why at Jack Frost Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC, we provide top notch indoor air quality solutions. If you want to know how we can help you this fall, give us a call at (973) 520-0505 or fill out our online contact form. We’re here to help you stay comfortable 24/7!