According to last year’s “State of the Air” report, Cincinnati ranked #20 in the “Most Polluted Cities by Year-Round Particle Pollution” category. This year, Apollo Home wants to help Cincinnati residents change their ranking and improve indoor air quality using their central heating and air units. Try these tips with your central heating and air system to enjoy cleaner, healthier indoor air this year.

Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Your central heating and air unit works consistently throughout the year to keep you and your family comfortable each day. Maintenance ensures your unit is free of excess dirt, pollen, debris, and dust. When a central heating and air unit works continuously without being properly cleaned, it suffers from the buildup of particles and reduces the unit efficiency to heat and cool your home.

Just like giving your car a checkup and changing the oil, tuning up your central heating and air unit is just as critical. The increased pollutants in your home can escape filtration and circulate throughout your home via the air ducts. Once particles are in your home’s air, they float around and finally land on surfaces within each room. Indoor pollutants reduce your air quality and increase health issues for you and your family.

Schedule Duct Cleaning

Just like with preventative maintenance on your central heating and air unit, scheduling duct cleaning will decrease the chance of pollutants from clogging up your ductwork. Not only can particulates get trapped inside your ducts and vents but any clogs can damage the ductwork, causing gaps. The gaps can cause contaminated air to mix with your central heating and air cycling throughout your home.

Not only will a professional duct cleaning provide you with healthier air, your central heating and air unit will perform more efficiently. Clogs and gaps which formulate throughout your ductwork allow energy to escape, including your heated or cooled air. Your central heating and air unit will operate harder to make up for the escaped air and maintain ideal temperatures in every room of your house.

Control Indoor Humidity

The humidity levels in your home can contribute to unhealthy indoor air when it goes unchecked. High humidity levels breed mold, mildew, and dust mites which can be trapped inside your central heating and air unit and pass through the ductwork into the air in your home. Low humidity levels encourage bacteria and viruses to take hold in your home, causing more sickness during the colder months.

Whole home humidifiers and dehumidifiers work with your current central heating and air system to maintain ideal humidity levels in your home year-round. A humidifier adds moisture to the air when it’s too dry, and a dehumidifier does the opposite by drawing moisture out of the air before it’s circulated throughout your home. Ideal humidity levels in a home are between 30% and 50% and maintaining those levels can be easy with a humidifier and dehumidifier.

Replace Air Filters

Your central heating and air unit needs its air filter checked monthly to ensure it doesn’t get too dirty or clogged. The filter is your first line of defense against indoor pollutants, allergens, and other debris circulating throughout your heating and cooling system and into your indoor air. If you notice the filter is clogged or dirty, replace it to ensure healthy air is pumped through your unit on a daily basis. It’s recommended to be replace air filters once every few months to keep your system operating efficiently and provide a healthy environment in your home.

Improve your indoor air quality by scheduling preventative maintenance, changing your air filter, and investing in indoor air quality products. You can make a difference in Cincinnati’s air by taking steps to create a healthy environment in your home with preventative care for your central heating and air unit. Call Apollo Home to schedule annual duct cleaning or preventative maintenance today!