In Kissimmee’s tropical climate, air conditioning systems have to work extra hard. It’s important to do more than just run the AC to maintain the air quality in your home. If you have allergies, keeping the air pure is even more of a priority. Fortunately, there are many solutions to the air quality problem. Here are some of our tips.
Clean the House
Carpets, area rugs and drapes make a home more welcoming, but they also tend to attract particles like dust and dander. Vacuuming regularly can help with the spread of these particles, as well as cleaning bedding and other cloth items around the house. Switching to hardwood floors can help with air quality since they don’t absorb these particles and are easier to clean and maintain.
Remove Mold and Mildew
Mold can cause serious health issues if unaddressed. Florida’s tropical climate has an unfortunate side effect of high humidity, which allows mold to thrive. If your home feels humid, consider using a dehumidifier. When cleaning the bathroom, use mold-killing products, and keep a window open while using them to let the chemicals disperse. Look for and fix any leaks in your plumbing, as these are the most common cause of mold and mildew.
Mind Your Plants
Depending on who you ask, plants can either be beneficial or harmful for indoor air quality. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to which plants stay inside and outside. Those with allergies are better off not taking the risk, as some plants spread allergens and mold. If you’re looking to keep a plant indoors, consider a fern. Ferns can help filter the air and bring in moisture that’s filtered out by your HVAC system. Some plants, like lilies, aren’t safe for pets, so they need to be kept outside.
Let the Air Circulate
While a central air conditioning system helps with air circulation, fans help these systems keep the air moving. Cooking vents in the kitchen and exhaust fans in the bathroom can also help air circulate while removing moisture and chemicals. While Florida weather doesn’t often make opening windows ideal, it’s a good idea to do so once in a while to let in fresh, natural air. Just don’t keep them open all the time because you still need to maintain the humidity levels in your home.
Keep Your HVAC System Maintained
One of the most important factors for air quality is keeping your air conditioning system maintained. Change your filters regularly, at least once every 90 days. If you have pets, you should replace them more often. Having the ducts cleaned regularly can also help with air quality. Make sure to have your air conditioner tuned up at least once a year. During your appointment, your technician can fix existing issues and identify ones that may come up in the future.
Our All Temp team is here to help with your Kissimmee air conditioning needs. We provide maintenance for most models and offer 24/7 emergency repair. Contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800 to schedule an appointment.