It’s that time of year again – when the temperatures cool down enough to leave your doors and windows open. We all love the fresh air, but what does that do to your indoor air quality? 

It all depends on where you live and what sort of indoor and outdoor pollutants are present. 

Indoor Air Pollutants

Indoor air quality has a number of factors that can help or hurt it. For example, pets will likely add pet dander and pet hair to your home’s indoor air quality. Without a good air filter,  that all circulates through your AC system. 

If you smoke inside your home, you are also adding pollutants to the quality of the air. And as with pets, filters may not take all those contaminants out of the air. 

Another source of poor indoor air quality is mold and mildew in the ductwork. Every time the AC kicks on, those spores are travelling through your entire AC system. 

If any of these situations are the case in your home, it’s probably a good idea to open those doors and windows to get a good breeze flowing through your house and get rid of some of those pollutants. 

Outdoor Air Pollutants

Sometimes, you might want to think twice before opening up those doors and windows. There are several situations where the outdoor air would be bad to bring in, and you’d be better off keeping your windows and doors shut tight. Remember those mosquito trucks that drive around spraying chemicals into the air? You definitely don’t want that in your house. 

Pollen is another thing that’s good to keep out of your house. If it’s a time of year when pollen is particularly bad, keep those doors and windows shut tight. Pollen wreaks havoc on your respiratory system and causes all kinds of health problems for a lot of people.  

Or, perhaps you live in a busy part of town with lots of traffic. During peak traffic hours, try keeping the doors and windows shut to keep exhaust fumes out of your home. Open things back up when the traffic has died down and the evening has gotten cooler. This will help keep your indoor air quality at a higher level. 

Remember, one of the most important things you can do for your indoor air quality is to change air filters regularly. If you have questions about indoor air quality or which air filter is best for you, feel free to call Leonards Air for help.

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