Orange County Air Quality: What Homeowners Can Do to Keep Their Families Healthy?

Monitoring and improving your indoor air quality is an important part of keeping your family healthy. Orange County homeowners should do their best to get to know the area’s air quality, and take steps to improve indoor air quality so that their families can breathe easier year-round. Below, we’ve put together a simple guide with tips for keeping your indoor air clean and breathable.

5 Ways Orange County Homeowners Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Not sure where to start when it comes to improving the quality of your indoor air? Here are 5 things that you can do to improve your indoor air quality:

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Not sure if your indoor air quality is where it should be? Contact us today to find out more about how you can improve the quality of your indoor air with IAQ HVAC products. After getting to know a little bit more about your home comfort needs, our HVAC experts can help you find and install the right IAQ products for your home.

Do I Really Have To Change My Air Filter Often?

Many homeowners are not sure when to change their air filter or whether or not they should change the filters at all. Knowing when to change the air filter depends on a number of factors, and is something that every homeowner must know how to do to ensure that the air around the home is safe for everyone to breathe.

Factors to consider when thinking about changing your filter include:

–the type of filter

–air quality in the house

–presence or absence of pets

–the number of people in the home at any given day

–surrounding areas

Different types of filters have different lifespans. Look at manufacturer instructions to determine recommended times when a filter needs to be changed. For example, high efficiency filters have a working life of 6 months to a year. Home filters need to be changed every 3 months. Commercial filters such as those in restaurants, stores and offices where there is a high number of foot traffic may require filter changes every 4 to 8 weeks.

The air quality around the house, which can be affected by the presence or absence of pets and how many people are in the house at any given day, will also contribute to the amount of dirt, dust and dander flying around. Living in an area with high pollution, such as near highways or construction sites, also means that more dust and pollutants can get into the house. Your filter does the main job of cleaning these up, so frequent changes may be needed.

How often should you change your air filter?

The best answer would be to change your filters when they are dirty. Knowing the factors above, you now have an idea how often you should be checking if the filters need to be changed. Even if a thin layer of dust is present, changing filters is a good idea especially if there are very small children or elderly individuals living in the house.

Air filters serve as the barrier between your home and the pollutants outside, so proper maintenance is a must. Not only are you keeping the air inside safe and clean, you are also prolonging the life of your air conditioning systems.

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Tips For Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home

Carbon monoxide is a by-product of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and hydrocarbons. It is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill if a person is exposed to the gas for an extended period. Fortunately, we can help you prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide

Any heating system that uses hydrocarbons, such as fossil fuel or wood can produce carbon monoxide (CO) when burned. These include; space heaters, wood burning stoves, water heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and gas central heating among others.

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

As mentioned earlier, CO is an odorless and colorless gas, so you will neither see nor smell it. If you are exposed to CO for an extended period, you will start to experience dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches and irregular breathing. In short, you will experience all flu-like symptoms with the exception of fever. You know you have CO poisoning in your home if the symptoms disappear when you go out and reappear when you go back inside.
If you suspect you have CO poisoning in your home, the first thing you need to do is get out of the house. Be sure to evacuate all the occupants of the house, including pets. Since oxygen levels in your blood may be very low, it is important that you sit still for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, you can be calling 911 for help. CO poisoning can easily be treated through oxygen therapy.

Preventing CO Poisoning

The most effective way of preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is installing CO detectors and alarms in every bedroom in the house as well as the living room. We know all the high-risk areas around the house, so we can help you install an effective CO detection system. That’s not all! We can also inspect your home to identify the main sources of the CO and carry out the necessary repairs.

CO is a dangerous gas that kills dozens or people in the country every year. However, this does not have to be the case. To make your home safer for the family, be sure to call our offices.

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