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How to Help Your Home’s IAQ During a Wildfire

virus cells on a dark backgroundThe past month or so has been pretty rough here in Washington. The air has been quite smokey due to the wildfires in our area. You might have noticed problems with your coughing, wheezing, sneezing, and dry or scratchy eyes throughout the past few weeks. We know that it can seem possible to get clean air at a time like this, but there are things that you can do to help your home out.

If you’re looking for an air filter or an air purifier in Vancouver, WA, we’re here to discuss it with you. We’ve got some tips to help you get through this wildfire season as well. We’re going to help you breathe easy this season.

Tips for Keeping Your Indoor Air Clean

Here are a few things you can do to help you and your family members breathe easier in the midst of smokey air.

1.      Limit Your Exposure to Outdoor Air

We know that it’s finally cooled off to a mild temperature around here in Washington. You’re probably excited to ease off of your air conditioner a little bit and open those windows in the evening. Although this would be a possibility during a different time, this isn’t going to be a possibility this year. You need to make sure that you seal your home up to support healthy indoor air quality.

2.      Turn Off Your Fresh Air Timer

This isn’t time to be bringing fresh air into your home because the air outdoors is anything but “fresh.” If you have a fresh air timer in your home, it’s time for you to turn it off. Not sure how to do this? Here’s a helpful post from our Facebook that you can reference.

3.      Change Your Air Filter

Have you changed your air conditioner’s filter yet? You’re probably going to use your air conditioner for a few more weeks. Even if you changed your filter at the start of the summer, it’s time for you to change it again. Your air filter keeps your AC clean and high functioning with helps keep your IAQ immaculate.

4.      Install a Filter with a High MERV Rating

We recommend installing an air filter if you want to take your indoor air quality to the next level. “MERV” is an acronym that you need to know if you’re looking for a great air filter. MERV stands for “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.” The scale ranges from 1 to 20. We recommend filters with a MERV rating of 8, 11, or 13. Anything above 15 is geared toward commercial spaces. Come to us for the guidance you need to find the right unit.

5.      Learn More About Trane Clean Effects

Call our professionals to learn more about the Trane Clean Effects system. This is an air cleaner that’s going to improve your home’s indoor air quality. This air cleaner can remove up to 99.98% of airborne particles. This type of air cleaner is 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA filter on the market.

Interested in a Trane Clean Effects™ system or a MERV filter? Contact Area Heating & Cooling, Inc. today to schedule an appointment regarding your IAQ.

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