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Tips For Managing Air Quality During COVID-19

 

If you are like most Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has you concerned about the health of your family, and if you are practicing social distancing, you are probably in your home more than usual. Given that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, managing the air quality in your home is one way to keep the virus from spreading. Here are some tips for maintaining good air quality in your home. 

Change your air filter on your furnace

If its been a while since you’ve changed your air filter, now is a great time to add a new furnace filter to your essential shopping list. To fight airborne pollutants, upgrade to a filter with a MERV rating of at least 13. This will help filter out allergens and some viruses to minimize your risk of exposure. 

Vacuum often

Dust and particles that are trapped in carpet fibers can cause respiratory issues and walking on carpets stirs up those irritants. A good vacuum with a hepa filter will help remove the pollutants while minimizing the dust particles that can cause respiratory issues. 

Spring Cleaning

With winter build-up, and the fact that we’ve been home bound for an extended period of time, pollutants may be lying in wait throughout your home. A deep cleaning will help remove those particles, and with the right cleaner, disinfect the areas of your home that may have been neglected over the winter. 

Open Your Windows

When the weather warms up, there is nothing like opening your windows and letting the fresh spring air refresh your home. Getting good air flow and ventilation exchanges the stale air in your home with fresh air, which can improve air quality. 

Air Circulation

Having a functioning HVAC system is a critical piece in the air quality in your home. Your furnace and air conditioner play a vital role in circulating the air in your home, as well as filtering the cold air return. Set your thermostat to circulate the air constantly to keep the air flowing. 

Install an Air Filtration System

A clean air filtration system can help to reduce the pollutants, virus and toxic compounds that can lead to respiratory problems. 

If you are experiencing any issues with your HVAC system, call Atlas Butler today. Because we help customers with furnace, air conditioning and plumbing issues, we are an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the guidelines outlined by the CDC to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

April 26th, 2020|air quality, HVAC Topics, Improve Your Indoor Air Quality|

The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide is a gas that, when concentrated in your home, can cause serious medical issues. The gas is generated by many of the gas-powered appliances in your home but proper venting ensures that the gas is moved out of the home. The CDC reports that nearly 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year with signs of CO poisoning. Having a working carbon monoxide detector in your home will help detect this colorless, odorless gas before it is too late. Here are a few ways that carbon monoxide can creep its way into your home. 

Gas Heating Systems

Your furnace consumes gas to heat your home, and when the burn process takes place, carbon monoxide is produced. Part of a routine furnace inspection is to make sure the furnace is venting properly. If the venting becomes blocked or clogged, the gases cannot escape.

Stoves and Ovens

If the stove in your kitchen is fueled by natural gas, there is a risk that your stove is not efficiently handling the byproduct of burning the gas. 

Gas Powered Water Heaters

Just like a furnace, a water heater that uses gas must be properly vented. Since most water heaters are located in the center of the home, the vent pipe must reach outside of the home. Always check for debris, nests and even animals to keep your vent pipes clear.

Outdoor Grills

Outdoor grills give off a tremendous amount of heat which is why you should use them away from your house. Gas or Charcoal grills both produce carbon monoxide and should be kept away from open doors or windows. 

Motor Vehicles

For homes that have garages under the dwelling, carbon monoxide produced by your car can seep up through the floors. Never leave a running vehicle in the garage that is attached to or under your home. 

Fireplaces

A fireplace is another potential source of carbon monoxide. Whether it is wood-burning or gas log fireplace, the emissions that are given off can accumulate. 

A CO detector can help detect leaks from any of these scenarios. You can find a carbon monoxide detector at your local home improvement store near the smoke alarms. Just like smoke alarms, CO detectors should be tested regularly. If the carbon monoxide detector is battery powered, set a reminder for yourself to change the batteries every six months. 

If your carbon monoxide detector goes off regularly, you may have a leak. Since the furnace is potentially the biggest producer of carbon monoxide in your home, call Atlas Butler to inspect your system and ensure that everything is venting correctly.

 

 

March 28th, 2020|HVAC Topics, Improve Your Indoor Air Quality|