5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Comfort & Indoor Air Quality
We all want a more comfortable home. Most of us suffer from poor air quality. You can improve your home comfort level with just a few minor adjustments.
1. Seal leaky ductwork and upgrade your insulation.
Sealing leaks helps eliminate conditioned air loss and so does upgrading your insulation. About 40% of your energy is wasted through the attic. Upgrade your insulation to improve your heater’s efficiency.
If you’re interested in sealing your ductwork, Controlling Systems partners with Aeroseal, who seals leaky ductwork with a patented process that uses self-sealing polymer particles. The non-toxic particles are suspended in the airflow and begin to stick to the edges of the holes and cracks. As they accumulate in the gaps, they adhere to one another and ultimately seal all the leaks in your ductwork. Contact us if you’re interested in having your ductwork sealed.
2. Install an air quality filtration system.
Even the healthiest person will suffer from breathing accumulated allergens, dust, debris – even smoke from distant wildfires. Without the right air filtration system, it’s possible for your indoor air quality to actually be worse than what is found outdoors, making asthma and allergy sufferers miserable.
Don’t forget to check your ductwork either. It can be the perfect environment for mold growth. Air purifiers can help prevent mold spores from settling into your system, and when it comes to mold, prevention is much simpler than a cure.
Controlling Systems sells an array of high-quality air filtration and air cleaning systems. Get in touch with us if you’re in need of an upgrade!
3. Upgrade your windows.
Prevent drafts around your doors and windows with weatherstripping or caulk. It’s a simple project that almost anyone can handle on their own. If your windows are older, then you may need to consider glazing, or installing storm windows.
4. Regularly maintain your HVAC system.
Change your furnace filter frequently (even in the Summer!) and have your HVAC system tuned-up yearly. Changing your HVAC system’s air filters gives it an automatic boost while keeping your air clean all year round. Clogged filters can restrict proper air flow and compromise your system’s efficiency. If necessary, upgrade your heating and cooling systems.
5. Have your ductwork cleaned every 5-8 years.
The air cycling through your ducts is the same air that completely fills your living environment…and it is the same air that you and your family breathe. As such, you want this air to be as clean as possible. Having your ductwork cleaned will reduce dust and create a cleaner living environment. It will also reduce allergens and irritants, and improve air flow efficiency.