Given the fact that most people have had to spend much more time indoors during the past year than they otherwise would have, your home comfort has become an issue of great significance. The restrictions imposed by COVID-19, coupled with the usual avoidance of winter weather, has forced many Americans to spend a lot more time at home recently than they normally would. This places increased emphasis on air quality, and on the health of all your family members who are forced to avail themselves of that interior air more frequently. Here are some simple things you can do to maintain indoor air quality.
Clean or Replace your Air Filters
Your air filters should be replaced seasonally to ensure that you don’t have an accumulation of dust and allergens being recirculated throughout the household. Now might be a good time to also consider installing high-efficiency filters which extract virtually all pollutants from your interior air. If you have washable filters, now would be a good time to have them cleaned, so that you can be sure all those contaminants don’t get continually recirculated.
Maintain Good Airflow
Keeping the interior air circulating is always a desirable thing, since it provides your household members with clean, fresh air. In order to make sure that you’re maintaining good airflow throughout the household, turn on the Circulate feature of your thermostat. This will ensure that air continues to move through your filtration system, and that it will get cleaned more frequently.
Adjust Temperature as Needed
Along with all the extra steps you need to maintain social distancing, you’re probably having to modify your normal household routines, for instance your exercise program. People who practice yoga are most comfortable with a room temperature between 70 and 75°, but you may be more comfortable at a slightly lower or higher setting. It’s also a good idea to be aware of the humidity level inside your home, and how the air feels to you. Assuming you have a fairly recent HVAC system installed, you will be able to maintain good control over the air temperature and the humidity on the interior of your home. You should make whatever adjustments are necessary for the comfort of yourself and your family members.
Get Plenty of Sleep
There’s a strong relationship between your body temperature and the natural sleep cycle that you go through. Research has shown that the best temperature for sleeping is somewhere between 60 and 67°F. This may seem a bit chilly to you, but there’s actually good science behind it. While you’re sleeping, the core temperature of your body actually drops to a somewhat lower level. When the interior air temperature is too high, that interferes with messages from your brain that tell your body it’s time to go to sleep.
Call the Professionals at Atlas Heating & Cooling
If you notice any problems with your HVAC system, such as unusual noises, or if you notice that certain rooms don’t seem to be getting the normal conditioning that they typically would, you should contact your local professional right away. If a problem is developing and you catch it in its early stages, you may be able to avoid costly repair bills. It’s always a good idea to work with your local contractor to have regular maintenance performed, so that you’re aware of exactly what your system status is, and so you can count on it for interior air quality and comfort for your family members. Atlas Heating & Cooling is your local HVAC contractor for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.