The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the air inside most homes can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Indoor contaminants can become more concentrated and stay longer in modern homes because of their tight seals. If your San Marcos, TX, home has poor air quality, we recommend these four ways to improve it:

Have Your Indoor Air Quality Tested

If your home has poor air quality, there will usually be signs, like stale or musty air. You or your family may have increased allergy symptoms or respiratory problems. Have a professional test your air to see what the levels are for various contaminants, such as:

  • Allergens.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Biological contaminants.
  • Radon.
  • Carbon monoxide.
  • Lead.

Reduce or Eliminate Contaminants

Keeping up with general cleaning around your home can help reduce or eliminate some contaminants. If you have pets, you may need to vacuum and dust more often to remove pet hair and dander. Wash your bedding frequently in hot water. Also, consider switching to wooden flooring instead of carpeting to eliminate dust mites.

Change Your HVAC Filter Frequently

Contaminants like pollen, dust, dust mites and pet hair can quickly clog your HVAC air filter. If you know you have an air quality issue, make sure to check your filter more often, and change it when needed. As a result, you’ll prevent contaminants from getting into your HVAC system and recirculating throughout your home.

Consider an Air Cleaning Solution

Adding an air purifier or cleaner to your HVAC system is one of the easiest ways to reduce or eliminate contaminants that affect your home’s air quality. A whole-home air purifier works with your forced-air system to trap microscopic particles and kill biological contaminants. High-efficiency filters and ultraviolet lamps installed in your system stop pollutants in their tracks.

We provide the HVAC solutions you need to breathe easier in your home. Contact Woods Comfort Systems to learn more about our air cleaning solutions and schedule an appointment with one of our air quality experts.

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