Indoor air quality should be an important consideration all year long.
Each season presents unique air quality challenges, but with the right
steps, you can maintain high indoor air quality at any time of the year.
Summer weather in Detroit is typically warm and humid. Understanding how
these conditions and other factors play a role in your home's air
quality and how you can maintain indoor comfort will help you enjoy a
cooler, more comfortable summer this year.
Air temperature is a considerable factor in indoor air quality. The easiest
way to maintain a comfortable home is to use your air conditioner or heat
pump during hot weather to cool the air inside your home. Ceiling and
floor fans can also improve comfort in your home—however, these
appliances don't actually cool the air. Fans create additional circulation,
which makes the ambient temperature feel lower. You can save energy by
only running fans in rooms that are occupied. Most ceiling fans should
turn counterclockwise in the summer; this motion will push cooled air
down toward the floor, helping you to feel cooler.
Humidity is another important factor that can affect indoor air quality
and comfort. Excess humidity can cause discomfort as well as prompt condensation
that may damage your finishes or promote mold growth. Running your air
conditioner will help remove humidity from the air during the cooling
process. Thus, it's best to use your air conditioning to remove moisture
from the air when the humidity outside is high. Even if you don't
need a significant amount of cooling, keeping your air conditioner on
low will still help reduce indoor humidity for a more comfortable home.
Humidity is typically lower at night, so you can turn your air conditioner
off at night if moisture removal is no longer necessary.
Pollen and Dust
Pollen and dust are common allergens during the spring and summer months.
Leaving your windows and doors open can allow dust and pollen to enter
your home, where they are recirculated via your HVAC system. If you or
a family member suffers from allergies, increased amounts of pollen and
dust in your indoor air can cause discomfort. Changing your furnace filter
once a month will help to trap these particles before they can enter your
ducts. If you are still having trouble with allergies indoors, switching
to a higher-quality filter with a higher MERV rating will capture smaller
particles for cleaner indoor air. However, switching to a
furnace filter with a significantly higher MERV rating can tax your HVAC system if adjustments
are not made. Talk to your HVAC service expert before upgrading your filter
to make sure it won't cause excess strain on your system.
Your HVAC system plays an important role in maintaining indoor air quality
during the summer as well as throughout the year. Click through our
website to find out how we can help improve your indoor air quality with duct
cleaning, air cleaners, and whole-house humidifiers. We also invite you to
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