Top Four Methods for Keeping the Air in Your Home Healthy

The quality of air in your home is something we don’t spend a lot of time on when considering those required basic home maintenance tasks. Out of sight, out of mind is usually what happens with something that we cannot see or taste.  But the impact of neglecting this vital component can be felt with every sniffle, breath, and infection your family contracts.  In Sugar Land, we are constantly running our air conditioning and COVID-19 has forced us to spend way more time at home. Here are some of the most effective ways of ensuring that the air in your home is as clean and pure as it should be.   

Change Your A/C Filters on a Regular Basis 

HVAC maintenance is one of the primary services that can help keep your home healthy.

There are few things more annoying than having to deal with hay fever. As the seasons change in Sugar Land throughout the year and especially in spring, the pollen count shoots up to nearly biblical levels. 

The first place to start is combating these allergens is in your home, where we have been spending most of our time since the pandemic started.  Indoor air pollution also increases the flares that come with having chronic lung conditions like asthma or COPD. These allergens in the home can also irritate the eyes, nose and throat. Air filters help to reduce this discomfort.  The relief that comes with the change of the air filter can easily come to a premature end if your furnace’s air filter is not up to the task.

Filters are meant to be replaced at least once a year, though depending on your specific circumstances twice a year may be more appropriate. Have an expert from Howell Services come out to your home to determine which advanced filtration system is best for you. You will be amazed at how much your life can be improved by simply swapping out your air filter.

Keep the Humidity Levels Down in Your Home

In the Sugar Land heat, it can be hard to keep the humidity levels down in your home.  But keeping your air humidity low provides many benefits for you and your family, including reducing the need for air conditioning, reducing the risk of asthma symptoms, and preventing the rise of humidity-dependent mold spores. By having a dedicated dehumidifier installed and maintained, you will be able to quickly drop your home’s humidity level to the point where your family can live comfortably.

A dehumidifier system requires occasional inspections to make certain that harmful bacterial and other foreign objects do not flourish in the outlet. An HVAC specialist can quickly identify common issues and provide you with the solutions needed to enjoy dry air in your home today.

Eliminate Spores, Bacteria and Viruses in the Air of Your Home 

Especially in the age of COVID, washing your hands and scrubbing every possible surface can eliminate a large chunk of the risk in passing along your family’s illnesses.  It is common in families for viruses to make the rounds.  While using those disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer helps you all to stay healthy, there is one vector that you can’t clean directly – the air. Anything that can last on a surface can last in the air – making it vital that you consider installing a UV sterilization system. It is very simple – a special bulb puts out light in an area where all the air in your home is forced to go through. If installed right after the filter, it can help eliminate most of the airborne nasties before they have a chance to make you feel ill. While installing this system is relatively simple, the location it must be put in requires someone with experience with HVAC systems. Turn to the experts at Howell Services today to make certain that your family has the clean air it deserves.

Another option is to opt for an air purification system. Howell Services installs the iWave air purifier in duct air conditioning systems like the ones most of us use in Sugar Land.  Ions that are produced by the iWave reduce the pathogens, allergens, particles smoke and other odors in the air of your home.  The iWave works to provide a healthy environment for your entire family without producing any harmful byproducts. 

Needle-Pint Bi-Polar Ionization, a technology patented by iWave creates positive and negative ions that, when injected into the air of your home, break down pollutants and gases into harmless compounds like oxygen and carbon dioxide.  These ions remove the hydrogen molecules in viruses, bacteria and mold – depleting them of their energy.  

The iWave requires systems with little to no maintenance required throughout the life of your purifier. 

Keep Your Fireplace Cleaned

This is more about keeping your house standing than about keeping it clean. Fireplaces and chimneys have an annoying habit of collecting creosote, leaves, and wildlife, especially if they are not carefully maintained and cleaned. The last thing you want is your fire to spread out of the chimney, or possibly worse, the poisonous fumes from the burning gas or wood, so have an experienced chimney cleaner look at yours today.

Even if you do not use your fireplace, it is a good idea to have it looked at. The bricks have a limited lifespan and require maintenance, like any other part of your home. Protect your investment from the ravages of time and Mother Nature by stopping small cracks, holes in barriers, and weakening cement today.

Keeping the air in your home clean does not need to be a time-consuming nightmare. Schedule a visit from the professionals at Howell Services today and enjoy having the cleanest and most efficient HVAC system on your street tomorrow.

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