Most people think of outdoor air pollution when they hear the term “air quality,” but the quality of air in your Pittsburgh, PA home is at least as important. Here are a few things to keep in mind to maximize your indoor air quality.

Change Your Air Filters for Improved Indoor Air

Taking the time to clean or change filters is a basic, essential part of indoor air quality. Depending on the type of filter, you need to change or clean your filters every one to three months. If your system has disposable filters, be sure to buy the correct size and MERV-rated filter. Check your manual or call your HVAC contractor.

If you have a reusable filter, you need to wash it with water and allow it to air dry completely before you put it back in the system. Wiping a filter dry can damage it. Most importantly, never run your system without a filter; this can not only affect air quality but also damage the system itself.

Consider Investing in Air Purifiers and IAQ Systems

The HVAC industry has created a number of products and systems designed to improve indoor air quality. Air purifiers and air cleaners are your “frontal assault” on air pollution in your home; they work by directly removing contaminants such as dust, pollen, and other biologic contaminants. Depending on your air quality needs, there are different types of air purifiers available, with the most efficient being HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters.

Other types of indoor air quality systems can also help depending on your specific needs. For example, humidifiers can help with asthma systems, and ventilators work with your air conditioner or heat pump to bring in fresh outdoor air.

We Have Your Indoor Air Quality Solutions

If you need help finding the right IAQ products for your home or maintaining your existing systems, you’ve come to the right place. Check out Valley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.’s indoor air quality solutions online or give us a call at (724) 222-1830.

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