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Common VOCs That Can Be Ruining Your IAQ

Good indoor air quality is crucial to the comfort of your Beaumont, Texas, home. Unfortunately, some of the common items you may have in your household can contain dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can ruin your indoor air quality (IAQ) and lead to worsened asthma symptoms and other respiratory concerns.

When kept at room temperature, VOCs will evaporate and create gases that escape into the air. Below are some common VOCs that you should remove from your home or store properly to prevent the release of gases.

Aerosol Sprays

Even though you may notice newer aerosol sprays are CFC-free, it does not mean they do not release VOCs. VOCs are used in aerosols to help speed up the drying processor to ensure proper coverage. When possible, limit using aerosol sprays. If you must use them, try to use them outside or in a well-ventilated area.

Paint

You may find that you need to use paint or stain to repair damage to walls or furniture. When possible, choose non-toxic paints with low VOC levels. After use, make sure to store your paint properly sealed, outside of your home.

Health and Beauty Supply

Common beauty products, such as nail polish, nail polish remover, perfume, and hairspray, often contain some level of acetone, a common volatile compound. Consider using acetone-free products and make sure you are in a room that is properly ventilated.

Air Fresheners

Many homeowners use air fresheners in an attempt to mask indoor odors. The truth with most air fresheners is that they release pleasant scents but also VOCs that can damage your indoor air quality.

Bleach

While bleach is great at cleaning, brightening, and disinfecting surfaces, it contains high levels of VOCs and can be toxic when mixed with certain other compounds, such as ammonia.

Improve the indoor air quality of your home by reducing the use of the five VOCs listed above. Contact Thermacon Service Company, Inc. at 866-797-1535 to find out more ways to improve your IAQ.

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HVAC Parts You Can Clean and Ones You Should Leave to a Professional

From time to time, your HVAC system may need to be cleaned or undergo minor maintenance issues. While keeping your HVAC system running properly in your Beaumont, Texas, home is crucial to maintaining optimal comfort, it is important to know which cleaning and maintenance tasks are safe to handle yourself and which ones you should leave for the pros to tackle.

Tasks That Are DIY Friendly

There are a few simple tasks you can perform on your own as long as you exercise caution. Some cleaning tasks you can perform on your own include:

  • Cleaning and changing your filter. No matter what type of HVAC system you use to maintain the comfort of your home, it will require a filter. Keeping your filters cleaned and changed when necessary is critical to HVAC efficiency and also to maintaining the IAQ of your home. When changing or cleaning your filter, always make sure you choose the right size and follow the manufacturer's instruction.
  • Checking your thermostat. If your thermostat does not seem to be working toward keeping your home at a consistent temperature, it could require a simple fix to get it back up and running. If it is a digital thermostat, check to make sure the battery doesn't need to be replaced. If it's hardwired, check for a blown fuse or circuit breaker. After addressing the power, try resetting the thermostat per the manufacturer's instruction. If these do not fix the problem, it may be time for a new model.
  • Doing regular vent cleanings. Regular cleaning of your vents, registers, and intakes can greatly reduce the amount of dust and debris that gets back into your HVAC system. It also prevents it from damaging the quality of your indoor air.

Tasks to Leave to the Pros

While there are many tasks to stay on top of to keep your HVAC system clean, there are some necessary cleaning tasks you should definitely leave to the pros.

  • Duct cleaning. HVAC technicians are properly equipped not only to clear all your ductwork of dirt and debris but also to seal it properly when they are done. Trying to perform this task yourself can result in a major mess, poor results, and even damage to the ductwork.
  • Cleaning and lubricating the blower. Some models of furnaces will contain a blower that helps your system provide you with efficient heating all through the winter. Certain models have easy-to-disassemble motors that can be taken apart, cleaned, and lubricated. This always be completed by your HVAC technician.
  • Routine maintenance. During scheduled annual or biannual maintenance, your HVAC technician will thoroughly clean and lubricate all the parts of your HVAC system, allowing it to run as efficiently as possible and reduce the needs for repair or a possible breakdown.

Why Should Certain Tasks Be Left to the Pros?

Now that you know which tasks are best left to the HVAC pros, you may be wondering why it is best to allow professionals to handle these tasks.

Contamination

Many HVAC jobs may seem fairly straightforward, such as cleaning out ductwork; however, the debris built up in your ductwork can hold many contaminants, which, if simply blown out into your air supply, can damage your indoor air quality. An HVAC technician will know how to reduce the amount of contaminants released during the job and contain and dispose of them properly.

Fragile Parts

Your HVAC system contains many small and delicate parts that will need to be cleaned. A technician has the experience and know-how to disassemble, clean, and replace these parts properly without ruining them or causing further damage to the system.

While you can perform some HVAC maintenance and cleaning duties by yourself, some are best left to the professionals. If you are in need of HVAC cleaning or repairs, contact Thermacon Service Company, Inc. at 866-797-1535 today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.

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