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Improving Your Home Air Quality

The weather in Central Virginia is beginning to get colder. This means you and your family will be spending more time indoors. Now is the time to think about the quality of air in your home and how it affects your comfort and health.

Crawl Spaces

Moisture in your crawl space can develop easily due to a change in temperature, heavy rain or the lack of protective measures. When there is moisture present, it creates an inviting environment for mold and fungus to grow. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of the air in your home comes the crawl space which means if your crawl space has mold issues so does the air you’re breathing. Having your crawl space professionally sealed or encapsulated can greatly improve the quality of air in your home.

Humidity

Humidity is the amount of water vapor present in the air at a given temperature. Why is maintaining proper humidity levels so important to the quality of your air? Keeping the humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent can help control allergens such as dust mites and mold that can cause respiratory issues and skin irritation. Consider having a humidity management system installed into your HVAC equipment. It can help improve your air quality and HVAC system’s efficiency.

Air Filters

Cleaning or replacing your air filters is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the air quality of your home. Having clean air filters can reduce the amount of mold, bacteria and allergens in the air. It also improves the performance of your heating and cooling system.

Ventilation

Ventilation is the most important part of your HVAC system. Having proper ventilation can reduce airborne allergens, regulate humidity levels and ensure your heating and cooling systems run efficiently.

Remember to use bathroom and kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors. This can help cut down on contaminants and extra water vapor that is added to the air from cooking and showering.

 

Protecting the quality of air circulating through your home is very important to your comfort and health. Bradley Mechanical offers many different services to help maintain your home’s air quality. Give us a call today at (804) 748-6728 to schedule your air quality test.