Poor air quality (IAQ) is often thought of as an issue that’s more concerning in the winter, when a home is closed up tight and the heating system is running. Summer IAQ can decline too, but in slightly different ways. Here are some of the reasons why your IAQ can change in the summer, and what you can do to improve it:
In warmer weather, tree, grass and weed pollen that gets inside your home can adversely affect your air quality. Airborne pet hair and dander can also contribute to discomforting allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, itchy, watering eyes, and sneezing. To limit the amount of allergens that circulate throughout the house via your HVAC system, check its air filter at least monthly, and replace it as soon as there’s any visible debris accumulation. If the problem is severe, you should consider augmenting the HVAC system with an air cleaner unit for enhanced filtration.
Higher Humidity Levels
Warm air holds more moisture, so the summer air is more humid. An air conditioner draws moisture from the indoor air during the cooling process, but yours can be overwhelmed if humidity levels are excessive. The result is a excessively humid environment where mold, mildew and dust mites flourish and degrade your air quality. Using your exhaust fans to ventilate moisture-prone areas like the kitchen and bathrooms can help, but you may need to invest in a whole-house dehumidifier to keep humidity under control.
Airborne Chemicals and VOCs
When you run the A/C in summer, shutting the windows and doors helps prevent energy waste, but doing so can trap chemical vapors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside your home. These potentially-harmful compounds are released from many common household and cleaning products, manufactured wood components in furniture and building materials, and carpets and textiles. Opening your windows at every opportunity can help, as can adding a source of mechanical ventilation to continuously expel polluted indoor air and draw in fresher air from outdoors.
For expert solutions to improve the summer IAQ in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
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