General recommendations for improving the indoor air quality in your Prescott Valley, AZ home are beneficial, however, IAQ guidelines that are specific to your location and climate will provide the best rewards. To help you protect the air you breathe, here is the indoor air quality guide that every Arizona resident needs.
Accounting For Closed Windows and Doors
Summertime temperatures in Prescott, AZ can reach well above 90 F. As such, most locals keep their windows and doors sealed tight. This prevents conditioned air from escaping outside and limits HVAC system wear. It also inhibits ventilation and the natural inflow of fresh, outdoor air. With a tightly sealed home, airborne allergens, contaminants, and pathogens not retained by HVAC air filters have nowhere to go.
To mitigate this challenge, you can limit the amount of new pollutants that you’re introducing into your home by:
- Keeping your range hood vent and bathroom exhaust fan clean
- Avoiding scented candles or plug-in air fresheners
- Switching from chemical-laden surface cleaners to homemade cleaning solutions
You can also upgrade your standard air filter to an option with a significantly higher maximum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating. Higher-rated air filters can pick up more dander, dust, mold spores, and other contaminants than standard filters.
Arizona residents should schedule radon testing at least once every two years. However, if you’ve never had a comprehensive IAQ assessment, this evaluation could prove far more beneficial. In addition to determining whether radon exposure is a concern, this assessment will also tell you whether mold, exhaust gases, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or other indoor pollutants are present and in what concentrations.
Using Integrated HVAC Accessories
For Arizona residents with low IAQ ratings, integrated HVAC accessories might be an effective long-term mitigation strategy. These are secondary pieces of equipment installed in or attached to HVAC air ducts. They include:
- Whole-house air purifiers
- Whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers
- Air scrubbers
- Media filters
Having an IAQ assessment performed is a great way to determine which of these accessories will best assist you in meeting your IAQ goals.
At Moyer’s Heating & Cooling Inc., we are proud to serve residents of Prescott Valley, AZ and the greater Yavapai County area. We offer air conditioning, heating, and IAQ services. We also provide HVAC air duct sealing. To schedule an IAQ assessment for your home, contact Moyer’s Heating & Cooling Inc. today.