August 17, 2015
Living in Oakland, CA during the hottest stretch of the summer can be uncomfortable. Many homeowners turn straight to their ACs, which help to create conditioned air that keeps us cool on even the hottest days of the year. While plenty of Oakland residents focus on getting their air conditioning units in good working order, the importance of maintaining good indoor air quality in one’s home often goes overlooked.
The thing is, improving indoor air quality for your home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, and the benefits of doing so far outweigh the costs. Here are three steps you can take towards enjoying better indoor air quality, day and night.
1. Air Sealing
When you’re running your AC all summer, there’s nothing more important than keeping conditioned air inside the home. Otherwise, your air conditioner will end up working much harder than it should have to, which can result in problems over time. You also don’t want outside air entering the home unconditioned, as this can have a direct and negative effect on indoor air quality. Air sealing is the answer, and it will help to improve home performance for your home.
2. Scheduled Maintenance
Your air conditioner and furnace are there to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Like a vehicle, however, heating and cooling maintenance is a necessity when attempting to keep your home appliances working properly and to increase longevity. Scheduling a maintenance appointment and having your air filters changed will result in lower home energy bills and the removal of harmful toxins from the air within your home.
3. Schedule an Energy Audit
No matter how new or old your home is, it’s important to get a comprehensive idea of how things are functioning. This is where an energy audit comes in. A home energy audit involves a professional contractor coming into your home to conduct a variety of different tests, many of which can be used to discover air leaks, poor insulation and other issues affecting home performance. From there, we’ll prescribe the best possible course of action so that you can improve indoor air quality for many years to come.
So don’t let poor indoor air quality affect the health of you and your family. Contact us today, and we’ll help to ensure that the air you breathe is safe and clean at all times.
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