Fall weather is sometimes considered the most ideal. However, the cool, crisp weather of fall can present several indoor air quality challenges.
Allison Air Conditioning, your trusted HVAC contractor, lists common indoor air quality challenges as well as their corresponding solutions below:
Dry air and low humidity levels. Since the air in the fall and winter tends to be colder and drier than other seasons, indoor humidity levels are generally lower. The problem with dry air is that not only does it lower indoor comfort, it also causes your sinuses to dry out, which in turn makes you vulnerable to colds. A quick solution to this problem would be to install a humidifier, which adds water vapor to the air to balance out indoor humidity levels.
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Dust and allergens. Since you’ll be spending more time indoors in the fall, it’s important to do a bit of cleaning before the end of summer. In addition to vacuuming your carpet and dusting furniture, you should change your air filter. Clogged air filters not only hamper airflow but will also increase the strain on your HVAC system.
How often should you change your air filter? As a general rule, you should replace it every three months. However, if you have pets or allergies, you should change it every six to eight weeks or every four weeks, respectively. It’s also important to have your HVAC system inspected at least twice a year to avoid breakdowns, which are the last thing anyone wants to deal with in the fall and winter.
Musty odors. Cleaning your air ducts and changing your air filter should get rid of musty odors, but if not, natural air fresheners should do the trick.
Allison Air Conditioning has been offering professional HVAC and air conditioning repair services to local residents for over three decades. To get a free estimate for new installations, call us at (951) 356-4224 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Corona as well as surrounding communities in CA.