Keep Your Air Filters Clean and Breathe Easy
While we feel like a broken record, many Buffalo, NY homeowners still don’t seem to keep up with the task.
Are you worried about the air you are breathing in your home? We will make this simple. Keep your air filters clean and breathe easy. The end.
Okay, maybe not the end, but we feel like we say it all the time, regularly changing your air filters has many benefits and is especially important for the air you and your family breathe. While we feel like a broken record, many Buffalo, NY homeowners still don’t seem to keep up with the task. Not only can replacing your air filters on a regular basis improve your home’s air quality, it can also prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system, and who doesn’t want that?
How can Keeping Your Air Filters Clean Impact Your Home’s Air Quality?
Replacing your air filters regularly can have a large impact on the health and well-being of everyone in your home. An unchanged and dirty or soiled air filter means that the blower is spreading unclean, airborne particles throughout your Buffalo, New York home. These particles include lint, dust, dirt, pollen, and micro allergens that you can’t even see. This means that you and your family will continuously be inhaling unsafe and polluted air.
Air filters live up to their name. To put it simply, they filter your air. By not changing your air filter regularly, at least once a month, your indoor air quality can suffer. Breathing in this air can have a harmful impact on your health by causing allergies and making asthma and other respiratory problems much worse. The most important thing you can do to improve your indoor air quality is change your air filter regularly.
Remind me… What is Indoor Air Quality and Why Does it Matter?
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants (EPA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates poor indoor air quality as an area of major concern, noting that common contaminants, endlessly redistributed by a central air system, can contribute to allergy symptoms and sickness and directly impact how easily people can breathe, literally.
Even if you don’t suspect a problem, keeping your air filters clean helps to improve indoor air quality and allows you and your family to breathe air that has less pollutants and other allergens. Your air filter absorbs unwanted particles, to keep your air clean; however, if the air filter is dirty or soiled, it will not perform as it should and unwanted particles will be able to get through and into the air you breathe.
IAQ can directly impact the health and wellbeing of people who are in your home. There can be short-term and long-term effects. Immediate effects typically are similar to those of colds and other viral diseases, while some long-term effects may include respiratory diseases, heart disease, cancer, and more.
Can You Test Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality?
While keeping your air filters clean can help you breathe easier, there also other things you can do to help improve your home’s indoor air quality. Since nothing is more important than the air we breathe, why wouldn’t you want to ensure your air is the best it can be?
Do you know what is in your home’s air? You should get an indoor air quality test on your home even if you don’t suspect you have poor IAQ. An indoor air quality test measures the quality of your indoor air. Indoor air quality tests measure the air for things such as allergens, mold and mildew, pet dander, radon, and other pollutants. These tests can show whether the quality of your indoor air is either safe or dangerous.
At Reimer Home Services, we can use an IAQ test to alert us to critical issues in your air and we can recommend specific ways to clean and purify it.
It is important to understand how changing your home’s air filters is important to your home’s air quality, your HVAC system’s efficiency and your energy costs, and the lifetime of your system. Reimer Home Services suggests that Buffalo, New York homeowners get their air filter checked by one of our professionals. We can help you understand when an air filter replacement is necessary and provide you with advice for changing your air filter in the future.