Here in South Florida, we spend most of out time indoors, especially during the hot and wet months of the rainy season. Unfortunately, that's where you are most likely to find allergens all year long., The EPA once published a study that found there could be up to 5 times more pollutants inside than outside
Here are five easy ways to save money and improve the air quality in your home.
1. Regular Service of Your AC Unit
Energy use costs the average Florida home a little under $2,000 a year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. An amazing 27 percent of that expenditure goes toward air conditioning alone! Regular maintenance – including yearly service by a professional, and regular air filter changes by homeowners – helps your HVAC system operate efficiently.
2. Change AC Air Filters and Use the Right Filter
Regular filter maintenance is especially important for three reasons:
- A clogged filter makes your system work harder. The harder it works the more energy it uses. The more energy it uses the more money you spend.
- If your filter doesn’t fit properly, air can leak around the filter. This is like not having a filter at all. Broward AC Filters can make air filters to the exact size you need.
- The right filter for your system is important. A higher MERV filter is not always better and can restrict air flow making your unit work harder to cool and circulate air.
3. Properly Ventilate Your Home
Floridians think their homes should be airtight. You don’t want cool air to escape but, it is important to vent contaminated air and excess humidity from your home. Your kitchen and bathrooms should have exhaust fans to vent contaminated or moisture-laden air. Don’t forget to make sure your attic is properly ventilated as well.
4. Just Say No to Smoking Indoors.
First and secondhand smoke has a negative impact on the quality of your indoor air. Don’t smoke inside and don’t allow family members or guests to smoke inside either. The residue from smoke sticks to walls, cabinetry, and other surfaces and remains long after the last cigarette, cigar, or pipe is extinguished.
5. Bring the Outdoors In and Go Green.
Houseplants are very effective at cleaning indoor air. They take in carbon dioxide and other indoor contaminants and emit fresh oxygen. Houseplants add to the décor by contributing color and texture. Just be sure to watch the soil for mold growth.
In addition to these 5 tips, FPL has a number of programs that can save you money. Click to learn more.