Easy Ways to Achieve a Healthy Summer IAQ

 

Did you know that poor indoor air quality can put you and your family’s health in jeopardy without knowing it? Yes, you heard it right. Airborne contaminants and other harmful particles may be nesting in your home silently. But don’t worry! BV Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help you. Read on to learn these easy ways to achieve a healthy summer IAQ (Indoor Air Quality).

Start With Cleaning Your Home’s Air

Here are some ways to clean your home’s air:

  • Refrain from keeping your doors and windows open.
  • Invest in air cleaners and purifiers.
  • Use air conditioning systems with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters.
  • Get rid of dust mites, pet dander, and other pollutants with your vacuum.
  • Take your shoes off at the door.

Keep Your Air Filters and Ductwork Cleaned

Replace your air filters every three months because they can be easily clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris. If this happens, your cooling system will become inefficient, resulting in poor IAQ and skyrocketing electric bills.  Additionally, your duct work is also susceptible to harmful particles such as mold, mildew, and other pollutants that can obstruct airflow, causing health conditions and mechanical problems. Call your local HVAC contractor for effective duct cleaning.

Reducing VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Products

VOC products, such as paints, fuels, and solvents, contain organic chemicals that can lead to adverse health effects. Check the following steps to reduce your exposure to these harmful substances:

  • Use natural or eco-friendly products.
  • Bring in your air-filtering houseplants such as Bamboo Palm, Lily Turf, and Florist’s Chrysanthemum.
  • Keep these VOC products away from children.
  • Increase your ventilation.
  • Dispose of unused containers properly.

Invest in Air Purifier

Pet dander, pollen, and dust can trigger allergic reactions and other health conditions. Investing in an air purifier can help you achieve a healthy and comfortable home. It doesn’t just clean your indoor air but also removes foul odor circulating in your space. As a result, you can rest easy knowing that your indoor air is clean and safe for everyone.

Breathe easy without worrying about your health and safety with our air purifiers. Or, if you need help with your HVAC system, for repair, replacement, or maintenance, contact us at BV Air Conditioning & Heating.


Life Hacks to Stay Cool This Summer

 

The hottest season of the year is already here, and though we know some ways how to endure the heat, it’s still not enough. It is your lucky day because we’ve got some life hacks to help you stay cool this summer. So check these simple yet awesome tricks to get more comfortable.

Check Your Living Space

This life hack should be first on your list; check your living space. Take time to inspect your air conditioning unit. Make sure that it is working properly and if you notice that it’s acting up or showing signs of failing, don’t hesitate to contact the experts. Life can be unbearable without your cooling system by your side on tormenting summer days. Takeaway: replace your air filters every three months to improve your home’s efficiency, which means greater comfort, better indoor air quality, and more energy savings.

Moreover, you may try to open your windows at night and let the fresh, cool air enter your home. It’s another smart way to stay cool this summer, with less energy use and more savings for you. You may consider installing some shutters, blinds, or curtains to keep the heat out.  And if in any case you just want to stay home, make sure to get enough supplies such as food, beverages, and medicines too.

Get Some Peppermint

Another easy way to keep you cool this summer is getting some freshly minted products. Take advantage of the menthol in peppermint tea. You will wonder how refreshing it is, making the hot days more bearable. You don’t necessarily need to drink it with warm water. Just brew it, put in the fridge, and try to spray some on yourself as temperatures rise.

Bring in Your Houseplants

Having plants in your house can bring lots of benefits. It can detoxify the air circulating throughout your home, improving your IAQ and keeping your space cool. You may also consider planting trees, tall bushes, or flowers, making your landscape more beautiful and lively. It helps to ease the heat by giving off more oxygen and blocking the direct sunlight.

Choose Lightweight Clothes

Using lightweight clothes like cotton is highly recommended to wear in the summer season. It makes you feel more comfortable and refreshing. Do not use dark colors, choose white or cream instead.

Stay Hydrated

Heatstroke is a prevalent health problem during the summer. The heat wave is causing your body temperature to soar and sweat much, so make sure to drink cold water throughout the day to stay hydrated. It will help to cool down your body temperature.

For more helpful tips to make the most of your summer or if you need help with your HVAC system, give us a quick call, and we will get things right for you.