One of the things we do here on the Filters4Air blog is constantly harp to our readers about changing their filters on a regular basis.
Many folks think — "Of course Filters4Air wants the Customer to change their filter so Filters4Air can sell more filters!"
Yes, true, but we aren't the only folks who think changing filters on a regular basis is one of the very important things you can do to keep your indoor air as healthy as possible.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that the air quality within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air even in the largest and most industrialized cities. But there are things you can do to seriously improve your indoor air quality and make your home a healthier place.
One of the things the EPA says you should do is →
Clean or change all the filters in your house regularly, particularly those for your heater or furnace, air conditioner, air purifier, and vacuum. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and stay up to date.
How about another government agency — the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They say →
"Blocked, leaking, or damaged chimneys or flues release harmful combustion gases and particles and even fatal concentrations of carbon monoxide. Strictly follow all service and maintenance procedures recommended by the manufacturer, including those that tell you how frequently to change the filter. If manufacturer's instructions are not readily available, change filters once every month or two during periods of use. Proper maintenance is important even for new furnaces because they can also corrode and leak combustion gases, including carbon monoxide."
Harvard University has some information →
Change your filters. If you have a forced-air heating system, be certain to change the filters regularly, says Dr. BuSaba. Electrostatic filters can help ensure that dust and other airborne irritants get trapped instead of being recirculated throughout your home.
This is from the American Industrial Hygiene Association →
Use higher efficiency furnace or air conditioner air filters and change filters frequently
So, you don’t have to listen to us here at F4A constantly telling you to change your air filters regularly – you can check out the above sources saying the same thing...
One last visit to the EPA (https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/should-you-have-air-ducts-your-home-cleaned) →
How to Prevent Duct Contamination
Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.
To prevent dirt from entering the system:
✔ Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system.
✔ Change filters regularly.
✔ If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently.
✔ Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
✔ When having your heating and cooling system maintained or checked for other reasons, be sure to ask the service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.
✔ During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust.
✔ Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).
✔ If your heating system includes in-duct humidification equipment, be sure to operate and maintain the humidifier strictly as recommended by the manufacturer.
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