WACO, Texas - Oct. 16, 2017 // PRNewswire // - According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the quality of indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air, causing a variety of adverse heath effects. With winter on the horizon, Americans will be spending more time indoors, inadvertently putting themselves at greater risk of pollutant exposure. In an effort to educate consumers during National Indoor Air Quality month in October, Aire Serv, a Neighborly company that provides installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems, is sharing tips to help maintain a home's indoor air quality (IAQ) and enhance the quality of life in both your home and office.
"Americans spend the vast majority of their time indoors, never having been educated of the potentially harmful effects that are associated with poor indoor air quality. In fact, what we often come across in our line of work, is a resounding misconception that indoor air quality is vastly superior to outdoor," said Steve Truett, president of Aire Serv. "From worsening of allergies to dry skin and respiratory issues, the hidden affects of a home's indoor air quality are prevalent. That's why Aire Serv stresses the importance of routine maintenance by professionals to ensure the safety of the air that you and your loved ones are breathing in and out on a regular basis."
Aire Serv recommends regularly changing the HVAC filter as one of the easiest ways to help improve indoor air quality. Stock up on a few at a time and plan to check the filter monthly. Other considerations to keep in mind during the month of October and beyond include:
Dust and vacuum often. It's easy to put off dusting and vacuuming, but removing dust means you get rid of one of your home's most prevalent pollutants. Dust with a wet rag or electrostatic cloth instead of a feather duster to trap debris instead of spreading it around. When you vacuum, turn the thermostat setting to ON so the fan blows continuously, drawing up dusty air and filtering it before sending it back into the air you breathe.
Avoid chemicals. Everything from cleaning products and air fresheners to personal care items give off harmful vapors that become trapped in your home. Avoid chemically laden products and choose non-toxic, non-aerosol, unscented products instead to promote good indoor air quality.
Utilize existing spot ventilation around your home. For example, run the bathroom exhaust fan when you shower and clean; flip on the kitchen range vent when you cook and clean; and turn on the laundry room exhaust vent when clothes are drying. These habits help you eliminate pollutants at the source.
The air filter in your furnace should be cleaned or replaced at least once every three months. Irritants and allergens such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites and more build up in dirty filters, increasing exposure and worsening the effects on those with sensitivities.
If your furnace uses natural gas, propane, or oil to keep your house warm, the air quality in your home could become contaminated by dangerous carbon monoxide gas. If not properly and adequately ventilated, its buildup in your home can be deadly.
Run an air cleaner. A small portable air cleaner is perfect for your bedroom at night while you sleep. This device collects airborne dust and debris, leaving the air cleaner than ever. If you opt for a whole-house model, it replaces the air filter. This type of installation is known to decrease asthma and allergy symptoms.
Improve your indoor air quality and breathe easier by having one of our professionally trained technicians test your home's indoor air quality to determine the best solution for you.
Aire Serv offers premium residential and commercial services for every type of heating and cooling system. Home services, which include heating and air conditioner repair, replacement and maintenance, are charged by the job and not by the hour. In addition, Aire Serv conveniently offers 24-hour emergency heating and air conditioning repair and service to its residential and commercial customers. For more information about Aire Serv and its HVAC services, please visit AireServ.com.
Aire Serv®, a Neighborly company, is a global franchise organization providing installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500", Aire Serv franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers from more than 200 locations worldwide. Established by Dwyer Group® in 1992, Aire Serv is part of Neighborly, a community of home service experts, leveraging Dwyer Group's nearly 2,500 professional home service experts across 13 brands in the U.S. and Canada with a unique direct service function that provides consumers assistance with nearly all aspects of their home care needs. Neighborly brands include: Aire Serv®, Five Star Painting®, Glass Doctor®, Portland Glass®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter®, Protect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Window Genie® and The Grounds Guys®. Additional information about Neighborly can be found at www.GetNeighborly.com. For more information about Aire Serv, visit www.aireserv.com and to learn about franchising opportunities with all Dwyer Group's Neighborly companies, visit www.leadingtheserviceindustry.com.
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