The Importance of Air Circulation in Your Homes Air Quality
When it comes to air quality, many people focus on air purification, which is definitely important. But, many times, air circulation is ignored, even though it is equally important for ensuring high air quality in your home. You might not even consider air circulation until you walk into a stuffy or smelly room, but keeping the air circulating properly in your home is key for improved air quality.
Proper air circulation isn’t just a matter of comfort, it’s also a matter of health and efficiency. Poor air circulation can exacerbate asthma and other breathing issues. It can also impact your HVAC system by making it less efficient, ultimately costing you more money over time.
In general, your HVAC system is designed to maintain proper air circulation, but there are a few steps you can take to improve indoor air circulation.
Arrange for Duct Cleaning
The ducts of your HVAC system are like the lungs of your home – they carry air from your HVAC to the rest of your house through the air vents. It’s natural for dust, dirt, and debris to accumulate along the ducts of your home’s HVAC over time. The more it accumulates, the more it will impact the quality of air in your home. That’s why it’s a good idea to get on a regular duct cleaning and maintenance schedule with your HVAC service provider.
Change Your Filters
Your air filter is key to removing dust and environmental pollutants from the air in your home. Higher quality filters are recommended for people with pets or anyone who suffers from allergies. Some air filters need to be changed every month, while others can go a longer time without replacement. Make sure to replace your filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use a Smart Thermostat
To save money, some homeowners will raise the temperature or shut the air off when they are away from the home, but doing so can cause poor air circulation and ultimately increase your utility bills. A better solution is to invest in a smart thermostat. These programmable thermostats allow you to control the air temperature in your home from anywhere. So, when you’re on vacation or away during the day, you can make sure your AC is running at optimum performance.
Ceiling fans are an excellent resource for homeowners who want to improve air circulation. A ceiling fan’s entire function is to circulate air around the room. In the summer, this can help cool your home, and in winter it can maintain the heat by pushing hot air down from the ceiling where it likes to accumulate. Even running a ceiling fan on the lowest setting a few times a week can improve air quality.
Install Exhaust Fans in Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
Exhaust fans suck hot and humid air out of a room, and the places where you’re going to get the most hot and humid air are the bathroom and kitchen. If you don’t use an exhaust while cooking or during and after a shower or bath, damp, musty air will stay in the room. Damp air is heavier than dry air, and it will prevent fresh air from circulating. Make sure to install exhaust fans in those rooms and run them daily, as needed.
The professionals at David Gray Heating & Air are devoted to helping business owners and homeowners with all their HVAC needs. For more information on improving air circulation or to arrange for an appointment, please feel free to contact us today.