Better Indoor Air Quality for Your Baby

September is Baby Safety Month

Indoor air quality is important for everyone, especially babies and children. Their lungs are more vulnerable to pollutants including airborne spores and virus particulates. Because September is Baby Safety Month, Mills Heating and Air wants everyone to consider the cleanliness of the air in their homes.

Did you know your air conditioning system can improve indoor air quality? With products such as air purifiers, you can actually clean the air.

Why Care About Indoor Air Quality?

Air is not an option. We need to care about it just like clean water. Every day we take contaminants into our lungs while our bodies do the best they can to defend us. Babies, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system need the most protection.

If your bundle of joy came prematurely, you probably know the risk is even greater. Vulnerable populations are more susceptible to respiratory complications from allergies, asthma or even extreme examples like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Pediatricians frequently advise parents to stay home during the more contagious seasons for RSV and flu. What if your home is a box of unhealthy air?

Why is Indoor Air Quality Compromised?

To make our homes more energy efficient, we have sealed them tight. The upside is less energy loss and lower energy bills. The downside is less ventilation in our homes. Depending on the Florida weather, opening the windows may not be an option. The humidity, heat or exposure to allergens often make this impossible.

Every day we bring contaminants indoors with us. Have a smoker in your home? Pollen, dirt, bacteria and other particulates travel inside on our shoes, our clothes, our hair and on pets. Many find their way into our home’s HVAC system and circulate throughout the house.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

  1. Check your HVAC air filter every month. Most require a change or cleaning every one to three months. If, however, you live in a high pollen count area or have pets, monthly is more likely. Your air filter is your first line of defense and an immediate DIY option.

    Need help to remember? Many people use the arrival of their energy bill as a reminder to check the filter.
  2. Schedule service for your air conditioner or heat pump. An ideal schedule is spring and fall, or before the hottest time of the year and after. Spring is great because HVAC contractors have more availability.

    Tuning up in spring prepares your air conditioning unit to reduce the chance of a repair or breakdown during the summer heat. Fall tune-ups make sure your AC unit survived the summer and is ready to go next year.

  3. Invest in indoor air quality products. Mills Heating and Air Comfort Consultants will examine your current air conditioning system, listen to your concerns and recommend the most appropriate options for you.

    Mills is an official dealer for Guardian Air / REME Advantage products. These are installed in the ventilation system and aggressively seek pollutants in your home’s air.

    Generally, you have to wait for contaminants to reach the air handler for UV treatment or filtration. With RGF Guardian Air Phi Cell air purifier uses light, water and oxygen to produce hydro-peroxides.

    These cleaners travel through the conditioned air in your household to kill airborne and surface viruses, mold, odors, bacteria and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) before they spread.

How Does HVAC Service Help Indoor Air Quality?

Regular maintenance for your air conditioner or heat pump is important for many reasons. Routine service helps your cooling system work efficiently and reduces the chance of surprise repairs or problems. Taking good care of your HVAC system generally preserves most manufacturer warranties as well.

When a technician from a trusted local provider like Mills Heating and Air visits, he or she will first inspect the unit and the thermostat. Second, they will test electrical and other relevant components. Third, a technician will clean and lubricate where needed. Finally, your technician will consult with you regarding anything found, such as signs of excess wear and tear.

If repairs are recommended, he or she will provide you with options. Your HVAC technician can also answer questions about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These safety devices are important for everyone all year round!   

Trust Mills Heating and Air

For over 30 years, Mills Heating and Air has served customers in northwestern Florida with air conditioning service, repair and installation needs. We are also experts in indoor air quality! Call us to prepare for Baby Safety Month or anytime!  

Need to replace or upgrade and are concerned about finances? Don’t be – Mills Heating and Air offers multiple financing options. Not ready to replace? Mills can service and repair any brand. Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss air conditioner and indoor air quality options. For lower bills, call Mills!

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